Dudmaston...in the frame

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Latest update 10.06.2014 09:52

Dudmaston is a beautiful place at any time of year and there is so much of the estate to explore the choice of what you can do is endless. With the wonderful woodlands, pools and views across the gardens to the Shropshire hills beyond the seasons are a sight to behold and there is always a different view to be discovered.

How would you frame Dudmaston?

With this in mind our competition this year focuses on putting Dudmaston in the frame. The choice of what you frame, and when, is entirely down to you. Consider for a moment taking a cherished summer’s day stroll across the gardens and past Big Pool. What do you think you would frame to remember that day? Would it be the roses growing next to the Hall; or the children having great fun rolling down the terraces; you could even capture the magic of a goosander and her young as they glide across the pool. The choices are endless and with our ‘abstract’ category there really is something for the artistic amongst you to enjoy.


We are thrilled that broadcaster and photographer Jim Hawkins will be joining us once again as a judge. The level of entries we received last year was so high that he had a hard time choosing our winners. So we’re hoping that you make that challenge even harder when the judging takes place this October.


So what are we looking for? We would like A4-sized landscape images and have come up with categories that we would like you to use. These are:

• Nature
• People
• Heritage
• Abstract

All images must be taken somewhere on the Dudmaston Estate (but unfortunately not inside the hall and galleries). When you consider that you have over 3,000 acres to choose from there should be something for everyone. Why not explore Quatt Village, or the walks from Hampton Loade? How you interpret the categories is entirely up to you, and you can enter as many times as you like. Unfortunately we are unable to accept electronic or memory-card images and would ask that you send your printed images to the address supplied on the entry form.

By now you are probably wondering what the prize for the winning entries will be. We have three ideas for this which will allow us to choose 25 winning entries in total.

2016 Calendar

Many of our visitors would love to take away a lasting memory of the property, so why not have one that lasts for a whole year? The first 12 lucky winners of our competition will have their photographs turned into months on our calendar and 1 lucky winner will become the calendar’s front cover. Imagine the thrill of walking in somewhere and seeing your picture hung on their wall. To help with this we will need photographs which span the seasons to help represent the property at all times of the year.

Tea-room Exhibition

Sir George Labouchere was very keen on helping aspiring artists. Photography is art, so why not show off your work? As the park, tearoom and shop will be open to visitors every Saturday and Sunday from 1 November until 14 December we will be taking the opportunity to host an exhibition of our 25 overall winners during this time and all of the winners will receive a pass enabling them to proudly come and view their framed winning entry.

Memorial Book

Dudmaston is a very special place, and somewhere which inspires happy memories. Many people wish to remember loved ones in some way at Dudmaston, by having a tree planted or a bench placed in their name when they die. We record all the details of these in our memorial book but would like to present them in a way that makes their dedication more special. Your winning entries will help with this as they will become choices for our memorial book.

The competition will run until the end of September and judging will take place in October. So why not get clicking, and download our entry form. We’re looking forward to seeing all your images.

Good luck!