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Deadline: 15th October 2010
Entry Fee: Free to enter


A Cotswold Scene Photo Contest

Image Seen logo.jpg (107 KB)The Cotswolds area is known for its picturesque villages and rolling countryside. Take part in our exciting new photography competition which is giving YOU the chance to show off your photography skills and show us just how special the Cotswolds is.

Supported by the Cotswold Conservation board, Isis framing of Oxford and Blueprint Imaging of Witney, the Cotswold Scene competition is open to all amateur photographers, including the under 16’s, and will culminate in a 6 week long exhibition at O3 Gallery in Oxford Castle at the end of the year. This is an excellent opportunity for you to show off your skills and see your work exhibited in one of Oxfords best galleries.

A Cotswold Scene is divided into two main sections, the Cotswold Scene Photographer and the Young Cotswold Scene Photographer, the latter being for those who are 16 and under on the closing date of 15th October 2010.

Entries will be judged at the end of October by a panel of judges including Sarah Howard, landscape photographer and founder of A Cotswold Scene, landscape photographer Charlie Waite, Steve Watkins editor of Outdoor Photography magazine, Nicola Greaves of the Cotswold Conservation Board, and the curator of the O3 gallery.

Categories are as follows:

‘Cotswold Life’:
This category is for images of people/animals/wildlife interacting with the Cotswolds, ie simply enjoying, working or playing in the Cotswold landscape. Possible subjects could include cyclists, walkers, a farmer working the land, children playing, feeding ducks, playing Pooh sticks, Cotswold sheep etc, as long as your picture shows people/animals within the Cotswolds environment (no close up portrait shots please ).

‘A Cotswold View’:
This image should capture the beauty and variety of the Cotswold landscape. It could be a big view, a view that looks to the distance; a glimpse down a side street or a classic village scene. Your image should be instantly recognisable as the Cotswolds and show what us is uniquely beautiful about the region.

‘My Cotswolds’:
What does the Cotswolds landscape mean to you? A long walk on a sunny day, sitting on a bench taking in a wonderful view, yourself and your friends out horse riding or enjoying a cream tea outside a Cotswold tea shop. Almost anything goes here, as long as it is in the Cotswolds and in the outdoors. With such a wide scope this is your chance to really use your imagination, and creativity and show us why the Cotswolds is so special to you.

Contest Prize & TERMS

PRIZE DETAILS: All winning, runners up and highly commended images will form part of the Cotswold Scene exhibition at O3 Gallery in Oxford towards the end of this year.1st prize for the adult winner: a fabulous two night midweek stay for two at the historical White Hart Royal hotel in Morton-in-Marsh plus dinner on the first evening to the value of £50, afternoon cream tea on the day of your choice, and a box of Thornton’s Belgian chocolates on your pillow. The lucky winner will also take home a prize of a one day one-to-one photography workshop with landscape photographer Sarah Howard tailored to their needs. The runner up of the Cotswold View adult category will win a Manfrotto 190 XDB tripod courtesy of Morris Photographic in Chipping Norton plus a one year subscription to Outdoor Photography magazine. The runner up of the ‘My Cotswolds’ adult category will win a half day Photoshop/digital imaging workshop with digital imaging expert Claire Reika Wright plus an Image Seen Voucher worth £50. The runner up of the ‘Cotswold Life’ category adult category will win a Lowepro Minitrekker green camera backpack courtesy of Morris Photographic in Chipping Norton plus an Image Seen gift voucher worth £50. The overall youth winner will win a Ricoh R10 camera (rrp £179.99) plus a place on a one day small group workshop with landscape photographer Sarah Howard. The photographer of the image judged the best in each of the three youth categories will win a one day small group photography workshop with landscape photographer Sarah Howard. (Date to be arranged). Youth runners up will also each receive a £50 image Seen voucher. One lucky winner chosen by Jeremy Wilton, editor of The Four Shires magazine will win a commission to shoot a cover for Four Shires during 2011. ELIGIBILITY: All UK residents of all ages Not eligible to enter? - Find contest where you are.

COPYRIGHT: By submitting images to A Cotswold Scene, each entrant confirms and warrants that: a) they are the sole author of each entry and that it is their original work; b) they own the copyright and any other intellectual property rights of each image; c) they have the permission of those pictured in the image (or, where the image shows any persons under 18, the consent of their parent/guardian) for the usage rights required by A Cotswold Scene d) they have received any necessary permissions from the owner(s) of buildings included in submitted images for the usage rights required by A Cotswold Scene will indemnify A Coswold Scene against any claims made by any third parties in respect of such infringement. Copyright of all entries remains with the photographer, but Sarah Howard, Outdoor Photography, Blueprint Imaging, Morris Photographic, Four Shires magazine and The Cotswold Conservation Board and their associated group companies reserve the right to use, publish and republish entries in connection with the competition, without payment. By entering this competition you grant permission to a non-exclusive, irrevocable licence to reproduce, enlarge, publish or exhibit, on any media, the images for any purpose connected with the competition. This may include, but is not limited to: a) display at the O3 Gallery exhibition; b) display on a secure web browser for judging purposes; c) Use on the Image Seen website and on the websites of sponsors and supporters; d) Use in press releases to be distributed to national, regional & specialist press giving information about or promoting the competition; and e)on any merchandise commissioned by the organisers.

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