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Station turns five and embarks on its most ambitious event ever!!
Monday, Nov 19, 2012
Station turns five and embarks on its most ambitious event ever!!
As a popular North Yorkshire visitor attraction celebrates its fifth birthday, members of the public are invited to pledge their continued support by taking part in a charity-run photographic competition offering winners a share of £10,000 kindly donated by sponsors.

The Station, Richmond, is launching Best Shots; an ambitious photographic competition and fund-raising event aimed at amateur and professional photographers of all ages, including a free category for children under 12. The Station attracts in excess of 350,000 visitors a year and it is hoped that a great many will enter.

Best Shots opens for online entry from November 1st and both experienced and budding photographers are invited to submit a maximum of five images across a wide choice of categories for just £30; or £10 per image if entering less than five. Proceeds will go towards Richmondshire Buildings Preservation Trust, the charity responsible for raising funds for the upkeep of The Station building. Events such as this are vital if The Station is to remain the successful arts and cultural venue that is has become over the last five years.

In addition to the generous prize money, everyone entering Best Shots is promised a confidential critique of their images from a highly acclaimed panel of judges, while the winning images from each category will exhibit at The Station followed for some by a ‘Best of the Best’ UK tour.

‘Best Shots promises to be an exciting contest,’ said Chair of judges and Yorkshire-based landscape photographer, Joe Cornish. ‘I have been involved in several photographic competitions but this is a particularly attractive event as everyone stands to gain, including the serious photographer. Not only is there a substantial amount of money to be won, but every entrant will receive feed-back on their work. This critique service and the UK tour make Best Shots very enticing.’

The 10 best photographs from each category, as selected by the judges (100 images in all) will exhibit and sell their images in an 8-week show at The Station from July 14th 2013. From there, the 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize-winners from each category will go on a UK-wide tour taking in other key heritage properties in England, Scotland and Wales. There will also be a people’s choice winner, voted for by the public either online or at the exhibition, and attracting £1,000 in prize money.

‘The Station is one of Yorkshire’s business tourist attractions and has a popular and appealing gallery space ideal for exhibiting and selling photography,’ said Mr Cornish. ‘Every photographer aspires to having national exposure and that’s exactly what this competition has to offer. The fact that it also supports a worthwhile cause is another real bonus.’

Station Manager, Laura Hannaway, added: ‘The Station relies heavily on charitable donations and the generous support of patrons, friends and volunteers. Best Shots is hugely important in helping us to raise funds and we want as many people as possible to get out their cameras and give it a go. There is even a category for images taken on mobile phones – so no excuses from those who don’t have a camera!’

For more information and online entry see www.bestshots.co.uk 

STOP PRESS! For a special 20% discount in November, Richmond Online users can go to www.richmond.org/bestshots.html, get the special voucher code, and use it when you enter the competition. This offer is only valid during November so don't miss out!

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