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Gloucestershire landscapes photography competition, 2018


Do you take photographs? Would you like to see your photograph displayed in the new Heritage Hub at Gloucestershire Archives? If your answer is yes then read on…

We are currently transforming our building in Alvin Street, Gloucester and are seeking high quality photographs to celebrate the beauty of the local landscape.

Three winning photos will form feature walls inside the new Heritage Hub buildings, where they will be seen by over 10,000 visitors each year.

The 3 winners and 9 runners-up will each receive four 2019 calendars featuring their photographs.  All 12 winners will also be offered a tour of Gloucestershire Archives’ treasures.  

Competition rules

  • The closing date for entries is 12 noon on Friday 6th July 2018.        
  • The competition is open to all. Those under 16 need their parent’s or guardian’s permission.
  • Entrants must have taken any photos entered and own the copyright.
  • No more than 3 photographs per entrant.

We reserve the right to exclude any photographs we believe may have been edited excessively

  • The competition will be judged by Professor John Ingledew, author and professional photographer who has curated many photographic exhibitions; County Councillor Ray Theodoulou; and Heather Forbes, County Archivist

Image criteria and specification

The image must show the landscape of Gloucestershire or South Gloucestershire.

  • The image must be landscape format (not portrait) and uncropped.
  • The image must be high quality resolution - a minimum of 300 dpi (dots per inch) and 6000 x 3500 pixels (due to the size of the walls: 4290mm x 2240mm; 6120mm x 2540mm; 4500mm x 2900mm).  
  • The image will show off the beauty of the local landscape and should not be gloomy or excessively dark. We aim to select well composed, quality images reflecting different areas of the historic county, such as forest, rolling hills, River Severn etc. that will appeal to the public.
  • We ask that you send a printout or low resolution image initially. These will not be returned. If your image is short-listed, we will ask you to send your high resolution image. Please be sure to keep your original file/s.

How to enter

  • EITHER - send an A4 print of your image, with your name, address, telephone number, email address to Gloucestershire Archives, Clarence Row, Alvin Street, Gloucester GL1 3DW. Please mark the envelope ‘Gloucestershire Heritage Hub photo competition’. 
  • OR - send a LOW resolution image (no more than 2MB) to  with ‘GHH photo competition’ in the subject line of your email.

Please submit a brief description (up to 60 words) of the photo, including its location. We will use these details, with the winners’ names, in the plaques for each photographic wall. Also in the calendar, social media and publicity to promote the winners.

GOOD LUCK. We look forward to hearing from you.


Entries will not be returned so please remember to keep a copy. Unsuccessful entrants will not be contacted and we will not provide feedback on entries.

Entrants will retain copyright in the photographs that they submit. By entering the competition entrants grant to Gloucestershire County Council (Gloucestershire Archives) the right to publish and exhibit their photographs within the Heritage Hub building in Alvin Street, Gloucester and on the Gloucestershire Archives’ website in perpetuity. Also for use in calendar, social media and other publicity to promote the work of the winners.

Gloucestershire County Council (Gloucestershire Archives) will only use personal details supplied for the purposes of administering this competition. We will only keep your personal details for as long as is necessary to fulfil these purposes, then securely destroy/delete personal information provided. We will not pass on details to a third party other than the competition judges. The winners’ names will be displayed next to their photographic wall, within the calendar, and used in publicity to promote the winners.

Many thanks to Hugh Morrison for supplying the beautiful photograph at the top of this article (copyright:  Hugh Morrison).

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