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Photographers invited to snap Swindon's heritage in all its glory

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Destination marketing organisation Visit Swindon is inviting photographers to contribute to a 'virtual history book' about the town – with prizes on offer for the best shot.

From the English Heritage listed Railway Village, the Victorian parks and houses of Old Town, the Art Deco diving platform at Coate Water, renowned heritage buildings like the Mechanics’ Institute or The Locarno, picturesque canals steeped in industrial history, or the old GWR works reimagined as the Designer Outlet, photographers are spoiled for choice when it comes to fascinating and beautiful buildings to snap.

Visit Swindon, the organisation formed to showcase the best the town has to offer, has launched the Heritage Photo Challenge with terrific prizes on offer.

They are urging everyone from serious amateurs with professional camera kit to Instagrammers armed with mobile phones to get snapping.

The winning photographer will receive a prize package of a £100 voucher from independent photographic retailer T4 Cameras, plus an A3 print of their work.

"Swindon is steeped in history, and that history is a photographer’s dream," said Julia Stuckey, business and economy manager at Swindon Borough Council.

"To give yourself the best chance of winning your photo should capture something special about Swindon’s heritage or something eye-catching with a historical backdrop.

"We’re looking for great buildings – be they beautifully preserved or with an air of fading grandeur – wildlife engaging with architecture, or scenes of photogenic people with heritage backdrops.

"We’re looking for beautiful, but quirky, pseudo abstract or laugh out loud could also put you in the running."

For a chance to win one of the prizes, entrants need to follow Visit Swindon's Instagram page at @visit_swindon and share their photographs on the platform using the hashtag #SwindonHeritage2020

The competition runs until October 16, 2020. Winners will be chosen by a panel of judges and the best entries will appear on the Visit Swindon website and social media platforms.

A full list of terms and conditions, as well as some handy photography hints from Visit Swindon’s in-house photographers, can be found at www.visitswindon.org.uk/news/heritage-photo-challenge.aspx

Pictured: The Art Deco diving platform at Coate Water