Swindon architectural gems in focus

By Barrie Hudson - 9 April 2021

Arts and CultureCommunity

Photographers are invited to focus on striking architecture in a Visit Swindon competition.

The Architecture Photo Challenge follows the success of 2020's Hidden Gems 2020 photography competition, which saw nearly 500 images of the town uploaded to the organisation's Instagram feed.
The competition is described as a fun way for amateur photographers to get back out into their local environment while following social distancing guidelines – and the Visit Swindon team will be sharing selected images on their own social media channels.
As the town's businesses emerge from lockdown, one photographer will win a £300 prize bundle sponsored by Old Town businesses, comprising £50 vouchers to spend in Food Magpie, Magnum Wine Shop, contemporary art and furniture gallery Oink, lifestyle store Kapada Vintage, Willoby’s Furniture, and the Wood Street Food Hall, along with a Sunday Roast for two at The Bank restaurant and bar in Wood Street.
Nathan Sandhu of Old Town-based branding agency Jazzbones, which is coordinating the competition, said: "Swindon is steeped in architectural history, and that history is a photographer’s dream.
"The English Heritage listed Railway Village, the Victorian houses of Old Town including the Sir John Betjeman favourite Villett’s House, the fading grandeur of The Mechanics’ Institute or The Locarno, the old GWR works reimagined as the Designer Outlet - we’re talking one great big history book crying out to be captured on camera or smartphone.
"But it’s not just about the historic buildings, Swindon also boasts plenty of photogenic modern buildings like the skyscraping David Murray John Building that casts a dramatic shadow over the Swindon skyline and Brunel Shopping Centre, the Sir Norman Foster-designed Spectrum/Renault building as seen in the James Bond movie A View to a Kill, the stunning canal-side Hall & Woodhouse pub, or the brutalist Wyvern Theatre designed by Sir Hugh Casson. 
"And for something left field, how about the slightly kitsch Hongxin Chinese Restaurant at Peatmoor Lagoon or the futuristic Whale Bridge Car Park in Swindon’s town centre?"
To enter the competition, follow @visit_swindon on Instagram and upload an image or images using the hashtag #SwindonArchitecture2021
The competition closes on 30 June and the entries will be judged by a panel headed by acclaimed Swindon photographer Mitchell Nelson.
Full terms and conditions can be found at www.visitswindon.org.uk

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