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The Ramsbottom Heritage Society organises an Annual Photographic Competition.

Entries are now open for 2018 and can be submitted at any time. The closing date is 31st January 2019. The photographs must have been taken in the Ramsbottom area in 2018. See below for full details and the rules.

The event has been running for 31 years and over 3650 photos have been retained by the Society for the archives. All the photos can be viewed on the photographic database

The Photographic Competition was devised to create an archive of current day photographs which have been taken during the year of the competition. The Judge will not necessarily award the prizes to the best composed pictures, but will look for pictures which illustrate everyday life around Ramsbottom and surrounding area, i.e, Edenfield, Hawkshaw, Holcombe, Holcombe Brook, Shuttleworth, Stubbins and Summerseat.

This year, digital entries only can be accepted. This can either be emailed to john@ramsbottomheritage.org.uk  or handed in on a CD/DVD or memory stick ( contact john for details).

Each photo must have been taken in 2018 in or around Ramsbottom and should include a description.  There are 4 categories, details of which are below, as well as the rules.

CATEGORIES - Each picture can only be entered in one of four categories  


V.I.P. visits, Christmas Scenes, Railway specials, Sports Events, Church events,

special events in Nuttall Park, traffic, shops, markets, people at work and play, e.t.c.

BUILDINGS     Exterior and interior views, both of private and public buildings, especially ones which are going to change their function


                      Landscapes, street views, railway scenes, e.t.c.

THEMES         Three to five photographs on the same theme, i.e. a building being erected or demolished, an event, a landscape taken at different times of the year or from different views, e.t.c.


There will be one overall winner of the competition who will be awarded the ‘Dickensian Trophy’ to keep for one year. There will be a prize for the winner of each category, with two Highly Commended certificates for the runners up (at the discretion of the Judge). The prizes will be presented at the March 20th 2019 monthly meeting of the Heritage Society

Rules of the Competition

1     The competition is open to both members and non-members who are        amateur photographers.

2    All entries must be supplied in a digital format at least 800 by 600 pixels.       Photographs can be supplied on CD/ memory card, e.t.c. or emailed to        john@ramsbottomheritage.org.uk

      memory cards will be returned.

3     Photographs may be in colour or black and white, but must have been taken between January 1st 2018 and 31st December 2018 within the towns mentioned above.  

4    The Entrant must own copyright of any photograph entered, but entry to the competition gives the Ramsbottom Heritage Society permission to use the image in any format (website, print, e.t.c.)

5    The photographs will be retained in the photographic database on a public website for possible copying and display at any time.

6    There is no limit to the number of entries, but no Entrant can win more than        two prizes or certificates. At the organiser’s discretion, some photos may not       be sent to the judge for judging, but all photographs will be displayed on the       photographic database

7    The Name and Address of the Entrant, telephone number, the approximate date the photograph was taken, the category entered, and a brief description of the photograph should be submitted either through the website or attached as a document with the photographs if supplied via CD/memory card

8      The Judge’s decision is final, and no correspondence on the matter can be         allowed.

9     Submission of the photographs via the website or manually implies        agreement with the rules


Competition 2018