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Do you take photographs? Enter our local landscape competition and have your work on public display


A special competition is now open to find three photographs which celebrate the beauty of our local landscape.

Gloucestershire Archives gathers keeps and shares documents relating to Gloucestershire and South Gloucestershire.

A transformation is currently underway at the Alvin Street building in Gloucester city centre, where the collection is held. It is now known as Gloucestershire Heritage Hub.

The Heritage Hub is open to members of the public. It houses a wealth of county history including baptism, marriage and burial registers and nine miles of other unique documents useful for those researching local history or their family tree.

As part of the building’s refurbishment, three large feature walls are planned in the public areas which will show off the beauty of our local landscapes.

A competition is being held to find three photographs for the feature walls which will be seen by more than 10,000 visitors each year.

Entries must show off the beauty of the local landscape and not be gloomy or excessively dark. Well composed quality images will be selected which reflect different areas of our historic county, such as forest, rolling hills and the River Severn.

The competition is open to everyone. Those under 16 years of age will need permission from a parent or guardian.

Entrants must have taken the photos themselves and own the copyright. A maximum of three photos can be submitted per person.

The image must show the landscape of Gloucestershire or South Gloucestershire and be an uncropped landscape format (not portrait). It must have a high quality resolution, a minimum of 300 dpi (dots per inch) and 6000 x 3500 pixels.

How to enter

EITHER send an A4 print of your image, with your name, address, telephone number and 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 give 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 feature wall, as well as in a calendar, on social media and in publicity to promote the winners.

The closing date for entries is 12 noon on Friday 6th July 2018.        

Heather Forbes, head of the archives service at Gloucestershire County Council said, “Our Heritage Hub is a welcoming facility that helps local people access, gather, keep and share documents that tell the story of Gloucestershire’s unique history.

“We’re looking for some new photographs that show the beauty of our local landscape. The competition winners will have this rare opportunity to see their work on public display.”

The competition will be judged by Professor John Ingledew, an author and professional photographer who has curated many photographic exhibitions, county councillor Ray Theodoulou and county archivist Heather Forbes.

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

For a preview of the Heritage Hub’s new reception and research areas, and the feature walls where the winning photographs will be displayed, view the architects' 3D representation. Click on an area and look around using the arrow keys. For best results use a Chrome browser.


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.

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