10 January 2013
Last updated at 12:26
Each week we publish a gallery of readers' pictures on a set theme. This week the theme is "hope" and we begin with an image sent in by Victoria Fisher: "This must be what hope looks like."
Amanda William: "I want to break free! This is my friend's pet, who is from Leiden in the Netherlands and trying to lose a few pounds this 2013 by doing pull-ups in her cage and working out on her exercise wheel. She's hoping to find Mr Right, have a few kids and settle down somewhere warm and cosy."
Chris Stoddart: "Sign for the footpath between the Peak District villages of Castleton and Hope, in Derbyshire."
Bilal Chawala: "You may try to restrain us, but we will keep on smiling. A road blockade in Tahrir square, Cairo, during the protests against the Egyptian government on 8 December 2012."
Martin Riley: "This is Billy, my aunt's Jack Russell terrier. He waits full of hope for his piece of clementine."
Amy Hazlehurst: "This was taken on the outskirts of Death Valley, in California, in May, while on an epic 4,000-mile [6,500km] road trip with nine friends in an RV [recreational vehicle] after our study abroad year of university in America. One of the best nights of my life!"
Daryl Middleton: "I spotted this while watching my little nieces playing at Christmas."
Fiona Winters: "My sister Kirsty Winters at the swimming qualifying rounds taken in the aquatic arena at the Olympic Park. The caption I'd give this picture is, 'Searching for hope'."
Lauren Bulloch: "Pulling back the thin veil that separates the despair of darkness and the light. This is hope."
Laura Coates: "Waiting for a bite off the coast of the Big Island in Hawaii. We waited a long time."
And finally a photo by Janice Griffin who said: "Turns out that this parsnip was more than I could have hoped for. Happy new year!" The next theme is "Skies", and the deadline for your entries is 15 January. If you would like to enter, send your pictures to firstname.lastname@example.org. Further details and terms can be found by following the link below this gallery.