Get snap happy for photo contest

Discover our Land is encouraging local people to celebrate the county by sharing their favourite photograph taken in Northumberland.

Wednesday, 27th February 2019, 11:01 am
Updated Wednesday, 27th February 2019, 11:03 am
Photography

Photographs can be of anything, as long as it champions all that is great about the county, from its historic landmarks to picturesque landscapes, unspoilt beaches, friendly market towns or simply a fun family day out.

Professional photographers and amateur snappers can enter, and there are some great prizes.

The closing date is Monday, March 18, at 9am. Photographs must be taken in Northumberland and emailed to tourismdevelopment@northumberland.gov.uk, with Northumberland Photography Competition as the subject line. Entries must be of a high enough resolution to be used in future marketing.

Entries will have to impress a panel of expert judges including professional photographer Neil Denham, whose work includes photographing the Royal Family to wedding celebrations in Northumberland. Joining Neil is Iain Robson from the Northumberland Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Partnership, and Duncan Wise from Northumberland National Park.

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One winning photograph will be chosen, seeing its photographer take home a two night stay for two people at The Amble Inn, courtesy of The Inn Collection. A runner-up will win a Produced in Northumberland hamper full of delicious treats. There is also a children’s prize for under 16s, with an Amazon Fire 7 Tablet making an exciting incentive.

Winning entries and the best of the bunch will be shared across the Discover our Land social media channels during English Tourism Week. The competition comes just weeks after Northumberland County Council launched Discover our Land, a campaign shining a light on the county as somewhere to visit, to raise a family, to build a career and to establish, invest and grow a business.

Coun Cath Homer, cabinet member for culture, libraries, leisure and tourism from Northumberland County Council, said: “As part of the Discover our Land campaign, we’ve unearthed some amazing and inspirational stories, and wanted to develop this further by showcasing exactly what Northumberland has to offer through the lenses of people who know it best; those that are proud to live, work, visit or invest here.

“We want everyone to have the opportunity to be involved with Discover our Land, and are looking forward to seeing some great snaps of the county at its best.”

Neil Denham, professional photographer and competition judge added: “It’s always interesting to look at photographs and discover the talents of people who love Northumberland as much as we do. There are so many fascinating places in Northumberland – one place can look so different in every image, it’s what makes it so special.”