Capture the Cotswolds – calling all photographers!

Release date: 9 March 2016

With Spring almost upon us and the focus on tourism during English Tourism Week, 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 Blue Print Imaging in Witney who have been a regular supporter of the competition over the years. 

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:

  1. Cotswold village life – capturing rural life in our beautiful villages, local people and distinctive character.
  2. Beautiful Cotswold  towns - showcasing our market towns across the area.
  3. Taste of the Cotswolds – featuring the best of local food and drink, local produce, farmer’s markets, pubs and inns, restaurants, and tearooms.
  4. Cotswold 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.

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.”

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 details about how to enter.

Closing date for entry is Friday 10 June.


Note to Editors:

The winner will receive the following prizes, all kindly donated by local businesses:

Canvas with winning photo from Blue Print imaging

Spa package from Cotswold House Hotel Chipping Campden

Family Pass for Adam Henson’s Cotswolds Farm Park


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