Capture a photographic slice of life in West Lindsey!

Harry (11), Natasha (10) and Ella (12) get snapping near The Viking Way, Walesby

Calling all amateur photographers, wildlife enthusiasts, urban clickers and camera fans. Could you be West Lindsey’s answer to David Bailey? We’re inviting you to get out and about in the district with your camera and share the results! Scroll down for top tips from Church Festival photographer Ashley Taylor of Push Creativity

West Lindsey District Council is launching a new competition for 2015 to tie in with the launch of the West Lindsey Churches Festival on 9 and 10 May and the 16 and 17 May. From 9 May, you can send in your photos.

We’re looking for images which highlight the beauty and variety of our district: from the river Trent to the Wolds, the rivers Fossdyke and Witham to our borders with North Lincolnshire. Take us on a journey through our bustling towns and our beautiful countryside, capturing our unique and charming villages and breath-taking vistas to win some great prizes.

The councils Events Coordinator Andy Deighton says: “Our theme is: ‘Life in West Lindsey’ and we’d love you to send in your entries by 1 September 2015.

“We will share them on our website and Facebook before selecting the 12 most outstanding images to be included in a West Lindsey 2016 calendar. Be as creative as you can, we know our district looks fantastic, just show us it through your eyes!”

You can use any aspect of photography as long as it is your own original work.

Angela Montague of Push Creativity who is helping curate the West Lindsey Churches Festival said: “We’re glad to be part of this photography competition and if it encourages people to start by taking photos at the district’s many churches then that’s fantastic too! West Lindsey has some fantastic vistas as well as some exquisite and unique churches. Getting out and about to show them off is a great idea!”

Push Creativity have also given us the following photographic tips to employ on your snap-happy adventures!

Worm's Eye View - or Bird's Eye View
Worm's/bird’s eye view: Most people take photos from eye level. Often just the simple trick of getting on the floor, or looking down from a high place makes an image stand out because it’s not what you’re used to seeing. When photographing children and animals, why not get on their eye level? It makes the final image much more involved and full of action.  

Leading Lines

Leading lines: Look around you for strong lines in the environment that will lead people into your image. This can be a winding path heading into the distance or the bold lines of the ceiling of a church. Take the photo so that one or more of these lines hits the corner of the image to really draw people into your shot. 

Rule of Thirds grid
Rule of thirds: A lot of cameras will overlay a grid onto your image to help you use the ‘rule of thirds’. Placing the subject along the lines of this grid is a great way to aid the composition of your photo, and break away from the classic approach of placing your subject in the centre of the image.

Story Telling - taken on  iPhone near Willingham Woods, Market Rasen
Story telling: Images that suggest a story, that you could imagine being used for a book cover, always grab attention. A lone figure, not looking at the camera or perhaps even turned away, suggests a mystery. Doors slightly ajar, the corner or a building up ahead, abandoned things, all these make the viewer wonder what has happened, or what will happen next. 

Golden Hour
Golden Hour: Sunrise and sunset bring an unusual light to any scene, and it is well worth travelling to a local beauty spot to capture it at this time. As well as having the place to yourself, the landscape will look more magical than normal, with golden light and long shadows. If you’re lucky, you'll catch a fabulous sky too – one of the things West Lindsey is famous for!

The judging panel will be led by West Lindsey councillors and will include representatives from partner organisations including the Lincolnshire Wolds Countryside Service, Push Creativity and the University of Lincoln.

How to enter: The West Lindsey District Council Photo Competition is open to amateur photographers only. All entries should be emailed to: with a short title, including where in the district it was taken, no later than 1 September 2015 or shared on the West Lindsey District Council Facebook page.

Entries via post should be of good quality and addressed to: West Lindsey Photo Competition, Guildhall, Marshall’s Yard, Gainsborough, DN21 2NA.

A high-resolution copy, (at least 1mb) must be available should you be selected for the calendar’s shortlist.

By sharing an image you are certifying that you have the rights to distribute your picture. In order to qualify for calendar entry you will be asked to supply your name, address and a telephone number. By submitting your images you also consent to West Lindsey District Council using these images for its own publicity.

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