Snap up a prize in photo contest

If you own a digital camera and you enjoy a challenge, then head for Buxton on Saturday June 30 as the very first Buxton Photo Challenge is set to get underway.

The competition is open to both amateur and professional photographers, and the challenge is to capture eight perfect images on eight different themes in eight hours.

High Peak photographer Karl Wood first came up with the idea when he read about a similar event which had taken place in Cardiff. “I was very excited by the concept and thought that it would work really well in Buxton,” said Karl

He put his idea forward to the High Peak Artists group, with whom he exhibits, and they agreed to help him organise the event. They even offered a venue – The Art Café at the Pavilion Gardens – to stage an exhibition of the winning entries.

Karl has set up a special page on his website with all the information about the challenge, as well as sending information out to local camera clubs and art groups.

Keen to encourage young people to get involved with photography, he has included a special category for under-18 entrants.

The Buxton Photo Challenge will be judged by Karl and fellow Peak District photographer Dave Butcher.

Karl added: “We’ll be looking for originality, humour, creativity and imagination in the interpretation of the themes. Hopefully, the end result will be a fascinating snapshot of a day in the life of Buxton as seen through the camera lens.”

All the winning entries will be displayed in a special exhibition in the Art Café from July 7 to July 22 during the prestigious Buxton Festival, offering the winners a unique opportunity to have their work seen by thousands of visitors to the Festival. The Photo Challenge exhibition has also been entered in the Buxton Festival Fringe.

l To take part in the competition, you must first register and the closing date is Monday June 25. Just visit Karl’s website and click on the Buxton Photo Challenge pages for full details of how to take part.