COMPETITION: Submit your best photos to the Birnbeck Calendar Competition

PUBLISHED: 09:00 17 August 2017

2016 Birnbeck Calendar Competition October winner Mark Anstee.

2016 Birnbeck Calendar Competition October winner Mark Anstee.

Mark Anstee

The Mercury has once again teamed up with a well-known Weston-super-Mare trust this week to launch the 2018 Birnbeck calendar competition.

For the past two years we have worked with the Birnbeck Regeneration Trust (BRT), a group which is lobbying to restore the town’s crumbling Birnbeck Pier, to run a competition which invited photographers to send in their best photos of Weston at its best.

This year the revived competition will have a new theme – Somerset At Its Finest – where photos from around the northern parts of the county, from Bristol Airport in the north right down to Burnham in the south will be welcomed.

More than 500 entries have been received over the past two years, all celebrating everything Weston has to offer, so we have now decided to extend the competition subjects’ reach to showcase more of the beautiful county we live in.

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2016 Birnbeck Calendar Competition July winner Martin Powis.2016 Birnbeck Calendar Competition July winner Martin Powis.

Trustee Neil O’Donoghue said: “The calendar competitions have been great fun and proved to be very popular, not just with all of the entries, but with where in the world they have been sent – we had orders from America and Australia for the 2017 calendar.

“Again we have listened to the feedback on the size and format so this year’s will be a little bit bigger to really feature the photos while not compromising on the space to write your important dates.

“Widening the area to Somerset will be more inclusive and it would be wonderful to see more entries from younger people too.”

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Amateur and professional photographers of all ages will be invited to submit their photos from now until 10am on September 14, when a judging panel will whittle down the entries to a shortlist which will be put to a public vote.

People are welcome to submit as many photos as they like which showcase the area in all its glory, but we ask photos do not feature children due to safeguarding.

The final calendar will be on sale around October and all proceeds will again go directly to the trust’s efforts to save the pier.

To enter your pictures, upload them to by 10am on September 14.

Be sure to include ‘Birnbeck Calendar Competition’ in the caption as this will ensure your photos are kept together in the same category.

2016 Birnbeck Calendar Competition January winner Rich Wiltshire.2016 Birnbeck Calendar Competition January winner Rich Wiltshire.

Shortlisted entries and information about how to vote will be on on September 18.

Usual Archant competition rules apply. The judges’ decision is final.

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