ORGANISERS of an international photographic competition are calling for your best shots with the lure of £10,000 in prize money.
The Station in Richmond, North Yorkshire, attracts some 350,000 visitors a year – many of them from the North East – to enjoy artisan food, exhibitions or film screenings.
Once a busy stop on Britain’s extensive rail network, the Grade II* listed station is now an equally busy arts and heritage centre following an extensive renovation programme.
Since the building was largely unaltered during its years as a railway station, you can still feast your eyes on original features such as the 268-yard long platform and the ornate ceiling arches.
The exhibitions programme features art and photography – and Best Shots is likely to attract one of the biggest audiences of the year.
Donald Cline, event manager at The Station, says: “Best Shots has been conceived in such a way as to engage as large a community of photographers as possible with a package of benefits that hopefully justifies the modest entry fees.”
Entries for the competition have been pouring in, with wildlife shots vying for attention with landscapes and even Rick Treister’s dramatic snap of a London robbery, but Donald is keen for more entries from the North East.
“The competition was launched in November and we’ve had a really good response from all over the place, although 60% of the entries have come from the UK,” he says.
“We would like the North East to be well represented in the competition and the exhibition that will follow.”
There are nine categories – including landscape, portraiture and still life – with entry fees plus a 10th free category called Young Snappers, encouraging children under 12 to take part. Each category has three prizes of £500, £300 and £200.
In the adult categories photographers can enter up to five shots each with an entry fee of £10 for each single image or £30 for five.
The money raised will support the heritage restoration charity that converted the station into a visitor attraction.
The panel of judges, to be chaired by renowned landscape photographer Joe Cornish, will also feature Amanda Berry, chief executive of Bafta since 2000, and Roger Tooth, head of photography at The Guardian.
Joe, who also has an exhibition of new work opening at The Station on March 30, says: “We guarantee that in each of the 10 submission categories, all work placed before the judging panel will be assessed completely anonymously.
“Also, every photograph will receive separate critiques from the judges who are to undertake the first round in the assessment process – really useful feedback, regardless of your success in the competition.”
One hundred photos will be chosen for the Best Shots touring exhibition that will run at The Station from July 14 until early September when it will embark on a national tour.
Submissions to Best Shots can be made online at www.bestshots.co.uk or you can call 01748 828254 for details and an entry form.