FENLANDER: Fenland Photographer of the Year competition open for entries

FANCY yourself as a photographer – and can you match these great pictures? If so, now’s your chance to make a name for yourself and help promote Fenland to the rest of Britain.

Fenland District Council and Atelier East have joined forces to launch the “Fenland Photographer of the Year 2012” competition. And the people who come up with the best shots could get them seen all over the country. They could be included in the tourist brochure produced by FDC each year - the “Welcome to the Cambridgeshire Fens, Visitor and Accommodation Guide”. Next year’s edition will play an important part in the council’s current drive to attract more visitors to the district.

The competition has six categories: Heritage and Culture; Churches; Waterland; Outdoor Pursuits; Parks, Gardens and Open Spaces; and Fenland Market Towns.

Entries must be submitted by September 30. Shortlisted photographers will be invited to exhibit with Atelier East at Octavia View in Wisbech throughout December 2011 and January 2012.

The organisers say: “This is a great chance to share your work with thousands of people and to highlight everything that’s great about Fenland.


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“We want to get people interested in Fenland and promote it in a positive way, so we’d love to see some of the classic views as well as some less known ones too. Your images will help promote tourism in Fenland and should represent your view of Fenland.”

Councillor Jonathan Farmer, chairman of FDC’s Tourism Committee, said: “We are stepping up our efforts to attract many more visitors to Fenland. Next year we will be distributing more of our tourist brochures than ever before and developing a new website.

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“This is a golden opportunity for Fenland photographers to show off their skills and at the same time show off the Fens. Demonstrate your photographic talent and at the same time help us sell Fenland to the rest of the country.”

There will be a special awards evening on December 2. There will be awards for the winners of each category, and the overall winner will be crowned Fenland Photographer of the Year 2012.

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