AONB announce photo competition

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The Northumberland Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) Partnership is holding a photography competition to find a cover-shot for its 2015 visitor guide.

The image on the front cover of the current visitor guide, of an Arctic Tern on Inner Farne, was taken by last year’s winner, Robert Birnie from Suffolk.

Robert said “It’s great to think that 40,000 copies of my shot have now been reproduced on the cover of the Visitor Guide and that it will encourage people to explore more of the Northumberland coast”

Cllr John Woodman, chair of the AONB Partnership, who helped to judge last year’s competition, said: “It was really interesting to look through the entries and such a difficult job to choose a winner.

“First impressions count, so it is really important to have a stunning front cover that will encourage visitors to pick up a copy and read it.”

The winner will not only have their photograph on the front of 40,000 Visitor Guides but will also receive a half-day photographic experience with local photographer Andy Craig.

Photos submitted can be of virtually anything, but to be eligible, the photo must have been taken within the Northumberland Coast AONB in 2014.

Images need to be submitted in an electronic format and be of a high enough resolution to be used on the cover of the guide. More advice, previous visitor guide covers and the full set of rules are on the AONB website The closing date for entries is October 1.

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