Prize photography competition open for entries

North Devon Gazette

'Our Environment' is the theme of this year's popular annual Documentary Photography Open competition launched by the Museum of Barnstaple and North Devon Council.

The competition is free to enter for anyone over the age of 14, including amateurs, professionals, and photography groups.

Entries are being accepted now and the winning entry will receive a prize of £300 from competition sponsors, Jamaica Press.

The theme of 'Our Environment' has been selected as a result of COP26 and in light of climate change.

The museum is asking photographers to send images of their favourite environment, whether it is social, cultural or natural.

Successful entries will be showcased in an exhibition from February 19 to April 30.

Visitors will have the opportunity to vote for their favourite image, and the photograph with the most votes will be awarded a certificate and £300 prize money from Jamaica Press.

Submitted pictures must have been taken in the area of North Devon, including Torridge, Lundy Island, and Exmoor.

Museum curator Alison Mills said: "Our aim is to provide a platform for everyone interested in photography, whether they are hobbyists or seasoned professionals.

"We hope to inspire people to carry on the tradition of documentary photography in North Devon.

"Through this event, we hope to provide contemporary photographers with valuable exposure, improving their practice and helping them capture the beauty of this region."

Councillor David Worden, leader of North Devon Council, said: "North Devon's environment deserves to be documented for future generations, so this photography competition is a terrific way to celebrate the talent of local photographers."

The last date for entries is February 11. For details, log on to https://barnstaplemuseum.org.uk or email museum@northdevon.gov.uk

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