PEAK COMPETITION FOCUSES IN ON PHOTO TALENT

Amateur and professional photographers of all ages are invited to enter the Peak Photography Competition 2012 for the chance to win a cash prize of £300.

Buxton Festival, one of the UK’s leading annual arts events, and Visit Peak District & Derbyshire, the area’s official tourist board, have teamed up again to launch the contest, and this year’s theme is ‘Welcome to Britain’.

Claire Rhodes, Development Manager said: ‘We chose the theme Welcome to Britain to explore what is special about the UK and our national identity, in a year that brings us the 2012 Olympics and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

‘We’re sure the theme will generate a really broad range of photographs, reflecting the great variety of people, places and events that make Britain special. Photographs could focus on a particular place or person, a spectacular event, occasion or landscape, or could be a snapshot of everyday British life.’

Selected images, including those by the three main prize winners, will be printed by professional photography laboratory Peak Imaging and will be displayed at a public exhibition at the Devonshire Dome during Buxton Festival in July.

David James, Chief Executive of Visit Peak District & Derbyshire said: “We’re delighted to be working with Buxton Festival to launch the third Peak Photography competition. 2012 offers huge potential for Britain, England and leading UK tourism destinations like the Peak District to be showcased on a world stage, and we’re sure that this year’s topical theme will spark plenty of creative and inspirational entries.

“It’s a great opportunity for people to give their artistic talents full rein, and we look forward to seeing the imaginative results, which will go on display during one of the area’s major arts festivals.”

The first prize winner will receive £300 cash and the second prize will be a £100 voucher towards Going Digital Photography Workshops. The third prize will be a £40 voucher to use in a national photography store

Entries are invited from photographers of all ages, at a cost of £3 per image, up to a maximum of three photographs per entrant. Anyone under 19 years of age by the closing

3 The Square, Buxton, Derbyshire SK17 6AZ Telephone: 01298 70395 Fax: 01298 72289 info@buxtonfestival.co.uk

President: The Earl of Harewood KBE Chairman: Dame Janet Smith Artistic Director: Andrew Greenwood Chief Executive: Glyn Foley Buxton Arts Festival Limited registered in Cardiff No. 1393717 Registered Charity No. 276957 VAT Reg. No. 332 0090 13date, 1 June 2012, can enter free of charge. Full competition rules and application packs are available from http://www.visitpeakdistrict.com (click on the e-shop icon).

ENDS

Notes to editors

Buxton Festival will take place from 7 to 25 July 2012. Buxton is a unique Festival, producing its own fully-staged operas, as well as showing touring operas, classical concerts and literary talks. Set within the historic spa town of Buxton, it is renowned for its relaxed and friendly atmosphere, and attracts both dedicated opera lovers and those new to the genre. Visit http://www.buxtonfestival.co.uk for more information, or telephone 01298 70395.

Visit Peak District & Derbyshire – the area’s official tourist board – works with VisitBritain, VisitEngland, East Midlands Tourism, Derbyshire County Council, all other local authorities in the Peak District and Derbyshire, tourism business partners and surrounding tourism organisations that share the Peak District. Its vision is to develop the area as a world-class visitor destination and its key aims are to:

• Foster economic success for the tourism industry while improving quality of life for local people and safeguarding the environment.

• Help tourism businesses maximise their potential and profits. For further details, visit http://www.visitpeakdistrict.com

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