Student photographers focus on Cirencester tourism

Release date: 4 June 2015

Students from Cirencester Sixth Form College are working with Cotswold District Council to help promote the town’s many great attractions. 

 As part of their studies for a BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in photography, a group of eight Year 1 students at the College will be undertaking a two-week assignment in early June to capture images of Cirencester. They will be encouraged to use their imagination and ingenuity to interpret the many facets of the town through a camera lens and build a collective portfolio of memorable images, some of which will be used by the Council for the promotion of tourism.

 The idea was the brainchild of Sally Graff, Tourism Manager at Cotswold District Council, who was looking for a unique way to commission new images of the town.  Sally contacted Cirencester Sixth Form College tutor Adele Smedley, BTEC Level 3 Photography Course leader, who recognised a perfect opportunity for the students to gain hands-on business experience while honing their skills.

Adele says:

“Working as part of a professional collaboration with Cotswold District Council, we can raise the visibility of talent on the course itself and also build links between Cirencester Sixth Form College, the community and local businesses. This is an ideal project to enhance professional, personal photographic practice and to improve employability skills. I am delighted the students have this chance to leave an exciting and creative impression of the historical town of Cirencester, its landscape and the outstanding beauty of the Cotswolds, all of which have so much to offer potential visitors.”

The Council’s Cabinet Member for Enterprise and Partnerships, Cllr Chris Hancock, is equally enthusiastic about the partnership:

“Cirencester has so much to offer as a tourist destination: ancient history; wonderful shops and restaurants; a multi-award-winning Museum; scenic walks; magnificent architecture; good sports facilities – the list goes on. I am very grateful to the Cirencester Sixth Form College students for offering to provide us with a new range of photographs designed to show the town at its best, and I am sure that we can use many of their images in our marketing to help increase visitor numbers. Obviously, I also hope that the assignment will give the students an excellent chance of obtaining good grades in their BTEC studies and that the whole learning experience will prove to be a very useful addition to their CVs.”



Please note that the Cotswolds Conservation Board, in partnership with Cotswolds Tourism, is running a prize photograph competition, inviting amateur photographers to submit images taken within the whole Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.  The two winning photographs will be featured in the Cotswold Lion Spring/Summer 2016 publication as well as The Cotswolds 2016 Visitor Guide – the main promotional print for enticing people to holiday in the area. There are two categories in the competition – adult and under-16.  The closing date is 30 November 2015 and details of how to enter are available at 

Cirencester Sixth Form College offers both the A-level in Photography and the BTEC Extended Diploma in Photography, if you are interested in photography at the College please email or check the details on our website 

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