Castle Howard, one of Yorkshire’s grandest country houses, is inviting amateur photographers to put their camera skills to the test and capture the castle, its grounds and gardens as well as the wider estate in a new photography competition ‘Castle Howard: Through My Eyes’, from Saturday 14 March to Thursday 31 December.
From its imposing architecture, sweeping vistas, lakes, woodland, monuments and fountains to the formal gardens, flora and fauna and rolling Howardian Hills, Castle Howard offers endless opportunities to be inspired.
Nick Howard, who will judge the competition, commented: ‘Having grown up at Castle Howard I am well aware of the unique qualities of our beautiful Yorkshire landscape, with every season bringing something new to admire and enjoy. As a keen photographer myself, I feel inspired every time I venture out, camera in hand, and look forward to reviewing the many fantastic entries I am sure we will receive.’
The theme of the competition ‘Castle Howard: Through My Eyes’ offers photographers the chance to showcase the diverse beauty of the landscape; capturing unusual angles, favourite views and special places from across the estate.
First, second and third prizes will be awarded in an adults and young photographers class (aged 13 – 17 inclusive) with many of the entries also planned to feature in an exhibition in 2016. The competition will run from Saturday 14 March, to coincide with the start of English Tourism Week, through to Thursday 31 December 2015 with the winners announced in March 2016.
Photos can be shared on social media using #CaptureCH and final entries should be submitted via email to email@example.com between Saturday 14 March and Thursday 31 December.
For more details, and full terms and conditions visit the Castle Howard website.
The Castle Howard Estate is approximately 9,000 acres and forms part of the Howardian Hills, a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
The competition prizes are (subject to change):
1st prize: A days photography course with leading landscape photographer John Potter on the North York Moors Railway and a Castle Howard Annual Pass
2nd Prize: A walking photography tour with www.walkingphotographertours.co.uk, led by photographer, artist and designer Rich Bunce and a Castle Howard Annual Pass
3rd Prize: A print by a local landscape photographer and a Castle Howard Annual Pass
1st prize: £75 Wex Photography Vouchers
2nd prize: £50 Wex Photography Vouchers
3rd prize: £25 Wex Photography Vouchers