Swindon Photographic Society hosts photography competition to celebrate 120 years

By Claire Dukes - 28 January 2019

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  • Photo credit: Gill Marsh

    Photo credit: Gill Marsh

One of Swindon's long-running creative groups has hit a milestone anniversary.

Photo credit: Mike Buy

This year Swindon Photographic Society is looking back on 120 years of photography. To celebrate the group are hosting a competition, 'What Swindon Means to Me'.

From February 1 to February 28, the group are inviting photographers of all abilities to submit their images. Snapped within the boundaries of Swindon (indicated on the map, above), the subject matter is left to the eye of the photographer.

A panel of judges from Swindon Link, The Evening Advertiser and Swindon's John Lewis & Partners will create a shortlist from which the final winning image will be chosen by Robert Albright FRPS, President of the Royal Photographic Society, at a presentation evening on Thursday 11 April 2019.

Rebecca Clifforde, of Swindon Photographic Society, said: "On 8 April 1898, eight men gathered at the Technical School in Swindon to form The North Wilts Field and Camera Club. Fourteen years later, from 1912 to 1934, the illustrious Canon E H Goddard took over as their Club President.  Today we are known as Swindon Photographic Society and although our name may have changed the enjoyment of photography still is, and always has been, at the heart of the club.

"We can’t wait to see what you come up with - so get snapping."

The deadline for entries is at midnight on Thursday 28 February.

Full details and entry requirements can be found via www.swindonphotosoc.org.uk/120years

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