A Cotswold Scene - photographic competition

A photography competition to celebrate the Cotswolds

The Cotswolds area is known for its picturesque villages and rolling countryside. This year, Image Seen, which is based in the Cotswolds, launched an exciting photography competition giving budding and enthusiast photographers of all ages the chance to show off their photography skills and show us just how special the Cotswolds is.
Supported by the Cotswold Conservation board and Blueprint Imaging of Witney, the Cotswold Scene competition will shortly culminate in a 6 week long exhibition at O3 Gallery in Oxford Castle. This provides an excellent opportunity for amateur photographers to show off their skills and see their work exhibited in one of Oxfords best galleries.

A number of great prizes were on offer including one to one photography and Photoshop tuition, a fabulous Ricoh R10 compact camera, a years subscription to Outdoor Photography magazine, accessories from Morris Photographic, and a fantastic 2 night stay at the historical White Hart Royal hotel in Moreton-in Marsh.
The White Hart Royal Hotel

Entries were 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, the editor of Outdoor Photography magazine, Nicola Greaves of the Cotswold Conservation Board, and Helen Statham, curator of the O3 gallery.

  • A Cotswold Scene was 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.
  • 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 showed people/animals within the Cotswolds environment.


    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 provided a chance to really use your imagination, and creativity and show us why the Cotswolds is so special to you.

    There was also the chance to win a commission to shoot a cover in 2011 for local magazine The Four Shires.

    Each category will have one adult and one youth winner. There will also be a runner up and a highly commended image chosen from the adult entries and a runner up from the youth entries.

    Adult category
    The overall adult winner is deemed the person whose image is selected as the best by the judging panel from these three category winners. The photographer of this image will win a 2 night midweek stay for 2 in a double or twin room at the White Hart Royal Hotel, Moreton-in–Marsh, including a full English breakfast on both mornings, 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. (Dates are to be arranged between the winner, Sarah Howard and the White Hart Royal Hotel).

    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 Martyn Ferry plus an Image Seen Voucher worth £75.

    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 voucher worth £75.

    Youth category (16 and under)
    The overall youth winner will be the person whose image is selected as the best single image by the judging panel from these three categories.

    The photographer of this image 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). Please note that all youth winners must be accompanied by one parent/guardian. Travel to and from the workshop is not included.

    Youth runners up will each receive a £50 image Seen voucher

    All entries were carefully reviewed by our judges in terms of fulfilling the brief, creativity and technical excellence.

    Winners have now been notified. The prize presentation ceremony will be held at O3 Gallery Oxford at the end of November 2010. A list of the winners will be published on the Image Seen and O3 Gallery websites from 17th November 2010.