Friday, 8 October 2010


Looking through your photo album or picking up your camera could win you up to £500 of vouchers in the new ‘This is Margate’ photography competition.

The competition is part of the work to get Margate ready for the opening of the Turner Contemporary in spring 2011, which includes creating a library of photos of Margate to help promote the town. The winning entries will then be used from next year onwards.

The competition entries will be shortlisted by judges from Turner Contemporary, Visit Kent, the Margate Renewal Partnership and Thanet District Council. This shortlist will then go on local display in local venues and online for the public to decide the winners for each category and for each theme. A guest judge will then declare the overall winner of the competition.

People can enter one of the following age categories: 1) Young person (up to 16 years old), 2) Student (proof of student status will be required) and 3) Adult (16+).

The photos entered must be digital photos taken in 2010 that show Margate in the following six themes:

1. Margate’s heritage, icons and traditions e.g. buildings, personalities, food, seaside entertainment
2. A secret Margate e.g. Margate’s little known places and hidden gems
3. Active Margate e.g. watersports, cycling, walking, fishing and more
4. Natural Margate e.g. nature, coast, wildlife and ecology
5. Creative Margate e.g. what inspires arts and culture in the town
6. My Margate e.g. what’s your Margate?

There is also a separate historical part to the competition and people can look through any old photos they may have to see if they can also be entered.

Cllr. Martin Wise, Cabinet Member for Environmental Services, said: “I’m really passionate about the exciting changes taking place in Margate. We’re getting ready to really promote Margate and to do that we need some vital tools, which includes some great photographs. We thought the best way to get some really great photographs of Margate was through a competition. I would encourage anyone who thinks they have a winning photo to take part and, with a prize of £500 worth of vouchers, it’s really worth entering.”

Derek Harding, Programme Director the Margate Renewal Partnership, said: “Margate is such an inspirational place and there is real potential for the winners to see their photographs being used in some exciting marketing campaigns planned for next year.”

For more information visit or pick up a leaflet from local venues in Margate, email or call 01843 577169. The closing date is Friday 26 November

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