Cotswold Photographic Competition

Article form the Cotswold Journal. by Vivien Mason

AMATEUR photographers are invited to capture the Cotswolds in all its glory and win some great prizes in a newly-launched competition.

With spring almost here and the focus on tourism during English Tourism Week, the Cotswold and West Oxfordshire District Council tourism team is on the lookout for some iconic images of the glorious rural landscape, lively events, picturesque villages and vibrant towns.

Keen amateur photographers of all ages can choose between five different categories and enter up to 10 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 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 Blue Print Imaging in Witney.

Chris Jackson, shared tourism manager at Cotswold and West Oxfordshire District Councils, said: “The idea behind the photo competition is to celebrate our local area which is enjoyed and appreciated so much by local residents and visitors. The competition allows the tourism service to feature more lovely iconic images of people, towns and events within the Cotswolds which help to attract visitors. Destinations have become more image-led through social media, websites and other publications so we always need new images. We hope everyone will want to get involved in this competition.”
Competition entries can focus on any of the following themes:

Cotswold village life – capturing rural life in our beautiful villages, local people and distinctive character.

Beautiful Cotswold towns – showcasing our market towns across the area. Taste of the Cotswolds featuring the best of local food and drink, local produce, farmers’ markets, pubs and inns, restaurants, and tearooms. Cotswold live events encompassing village fetes, food, music, arts, literature festivals, sports, quirky events. Stunning rural landscapes – glorious countryside and outdoor pursuits, such as for walking, horse riding, and cycling.

Kelly Reynolds, front office manager at Cotswold House Hotel, added: “The Cotswolds is filled with natural beauty, and is such a magical place. For people who live here, and for those who visit, it always has a place in their hearts. A photography competition is a great way of promoting the area. We’re thrilled to be involved with the competition, and we wish good luck to all those who take part.”
Amateur photographer with some fabulous shots to share, or beginners with a unique image you are proud of, can get an entry form from your local visitor information centre or visit

Closing date for entry is Friday June 10.

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  • “A photography competition is a great way of promoting the area.”

    But primarily its a way of getting good photograpohs whilst “stealing” the copyright from the phoptographer. Read the small print and don’t surrender your copyeight, but that will probably restrict you from entering competitions!

  • Grumpy,

    Thanks for the heads up, Had a quick scan of the T&C’s the other day, but may have to go back and read it a little more in depth. Shame as its a great way to promote the area but I feel a little uncomfortable about handing over copyright.

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