Photographers invited to capture the Oxfordshire Cotswolds

With Spring almost upon us and the focus on tourism, the Cotswold and West Oxfordshire District Council tourism team are on the lookout for some iconic images of our glorious rural landscape, lively events and wonderful local towns.

A newly launched 2016 competition is offering keen amateur photographers of all ages the opportunity to capture stunning images of the local area. There are five different categories and competitors can enter up to ten images.

The winning photos will be used to promote local tourism in the coming year and will also feature in 2017 publications that entice visitors to the area.

One overall winner will receive a fantastic prize package which includes a luxurious spa treatment and refreshments voucher at The Cotswold House Hotel in Chipping Campden, and a family pass to Adam Henson’s Cotswold Farm Park.

Additionally, the owner of the winning image will receive a special canvas picture of the photograph, courtesy of Blueprint Imaging in Witney who have been a regular supporter of the competition over the years.

Martin Adams from Blueprint Imaging in Witney said, “We are proud to be sponsoring the competition once again. The standard of photography is superb and something we look forward to being part of each year.”

Cllr James, Mills, Cabinet Member responsible for Tourism at West Oxfordshire District Council said, “We are looking forward to seeing entries coming in that will show off our heritage and beautiful countryside, which will of course, help us promote and encourage tourism. We are very grateful to our sponsors for donating such generous prizes.”

Entry information

Competition entrants can focus on any of the following themes:

1.         Village life – capturing rural life in our beautiful villages, local people and distinctive character.

2.         Beautiful towns – showcasing our market towns across the area.

3.         Taste of the area – featuring the best of local food and drink, local produce, farmers’ markets, pubs and inns, restaurants, and tearooms.

4.         Live events – encompassing village fetes, food, music, arts, literature festivals, sports, quirky events.

5.         Stunning rural landscapes – our glorious countryside and outdoor pursuits, such as for walking, horse riding, and cycling.

So, if you are an amateur photographer with some fabulous shots to share, or a beginner with a unique image you are proud of, then pick up an entry form from your local Visitor Information Centre or visit www.oxfordshirecotswolds.org/photocomp for details about how to enter.

Closing date for entry is Friday 10 June2016.