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costwold scene by Sarah Howard

Shortlisted photographers are……

Kate Barry, Henrietta Rux-Burton, Emily Cradock, Graham Gemel, Matt Jennings, Dobromir Karlinski, Peter Kuzmin, Rie Marsden, Lucien O’Hanian, Andrew Page, John Rux-Burton, Sally Ryde, Helena Sylvester, Mike South, Rosie Wild, Rob Wolstenholm..

The overall ranking and prizes will be announced and presented to the shortlisted photographers on Saturday 27th November.

A Cotswold Scene displays the winning entries and runners up of an exciting photography competition launched to celebrate the Cotswolds. The competition is the idea of local landscape photographer Sarah Howard, supported by the Cotswolds Conservation Board and Blueprint Imaging of Witney. Sarah, who established Image Seen last year to offer one to one and group workshops in the area, has lived in the Cotswolds for much of her life and has a particular affinity with the region. She is especially keen to promote its photographic potential; “Photography has seen a surge in popularity recently and with spring approaching there’s no better time than now to get out there with your camera, make use of its wonderful creative potential, and engage with our lovely surroundings”, April 2010.

Officially designated as the largest Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in the country, the Cotswolds is known for being one of the most quintessentially English’ and unspoiled regions of the UK. With its gentle hillsides, river valleys and delightful honey coloured villages there is plenty to offer the photographer.

A Cotswold Scene is divided into two main sections, the Cotswold Scene Photographer and the Young Cotswold Scene Photographer, the latter being for those who are 16 and under on the closing date of 17th October 2010.

Budding photographers are encouraged to show off their photography skills in one of three categories: ‘My Cotswolds’, ‘A Cotswold View’, and ‘Cotswold Life’ each offering the chance to win a number of great prizes. Sarah is especially keen to encourage creative expression in younger people and to help them connect with their environment so there are also opportunities for under 16’s too. As Sarah comments; “There is a wealth of talent out there so this is a great opportunity for people to get their work seen in one of Oxfords best galleries”.