Enter the Love Lacock photography competition

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2014 is a special year for Lacock as it marks 175 years since the announcement of the world’s first photographic negative, which was produced by William Henry Fox Talbot from a window in the abbey. Celebrate this special anniversary with us and share your love for Lacock in a photograph for a chance to be included in an outdoor exhibition and to win an exclusive Lacock VIP experience.

How to enter

To enter the Love Lacock photography competition, submit a photograph taken in the abbey, village or surrounding countryside that shows what you love about Lacock, accompanied with a statement of 50 words or less describing what the image represents.

20 entries will be selected to form an outdoor exhibition around the autumnal grounds of Lacock Abbey in October 2014, from which visitors will vote for the competition winners.

What you could win

The overall winner will receive a VIP Lacock experience for themselves and up to four guests. This exclusive package will include: peeking behind closed doors on a private tour of the abbey’s attic, an indulgent cream tea in The Stables tea-room, learning about Fox Talbot’s photographic process with the curator of the Fox Talbot Museum and 10% discount in Lacock’s three National Trust shops. The winner of each category will receive a Lacock themed prize hamper and certificate.

Submissions are open to all abilities and can be made in the following two categories:

  • digital photography
  • traditional photography, for example using film or historical processes

There is also a special submission open to young photographers in two age groups:

  • 11 and under
  • 12 to 16

How to submit your photograph

Send your photograph (as a high-resolution .jpeg file of up to 3 MB, even if produced by traditional means) with your statement, stating the category for which you are entering, to lovelacock@nationaltrust.org.uk.

Submissions can be made until midnight on 31 August 2014. Entries will be judged by a combination of professional photographers and Lacock Abbey staff and volunteers. Selection will be made not entirely on photographic ability, but on the relationship between the photograph and the statement and the way in which together they capture your love for Lacock.

Those chosen to exhibit will be notified by 12 September 2014. The winner of each category and overall winner will be announced at an award ceremony event in the Fox Talbot Museum on Sunday 2 November 2014.

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