Competition launched to capture Guildford's community spirit on camera

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By mattcollison | Monday, November 26, 2012, 14:59

KEEN photographers in Guildford are being invited to capture community groups and events on camera as part of a national competition.

Snapshots of farmers' markets, charity volunteers or village choirs are just some of the events and activities that can be entered into the Communities in Focus photo competition.

The competition, which launched November 21 and runs for four weeks, has two categories - one for inspiring images of community life, and the other for photos of projects funded by the Big Lottery Fund.

One winner will be selected from each category by a high profile judging panel, each winner will receive a new Canon D-SLR camera and two places on a photography training course supplied by national communications charity Media Trust.

Entries to the competition must be submitted via Media Trust's Cam360, a new app and website specifically designed as a place to share and publish great images. Simply register for free via the Cam360 website (http://cam360.mediatrust.org) or download the Cam360 app from the App Store on your iPhone, select one of the two categories and submit your photo. 

Gavin Sheppard, marketing director at Media Trust said: "This competition is a fantastic opportunity for people to capture and share photographs of their community. There are so many great stories in our communities and a huge number of exciting and inspiring photographs to match - we can't wait to see them." 

Communities in Focus is being run by the Big Lottery Fund (BIG) and national communications charity Media Trust, in partnership with the Thisis and localpeople community news sites run by Northcliffe Digital.

Lee Williams, executive director digital, Northcliffe Media, said: "Communities are at the heart of what we do. The communities we serve through our Thisis and localpeople websites already contribute heavily to the news and information we publish, supplying us with their photos and stories. 

"Through this app and competition we hope to encourage yet more community content and look forward to showcasing some of the best entries as the competition progresses."

All entries must be supplied with a caption explaining when the photo was taken and why it illustrates what's brilliant about their community, or Big Lottery Fund project. Full details on how to enter are available at www.mediatrust.org/cam360. Entries must be received by Wednesday December 19.

      

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