Museum of English Rural Life photography competition
March 16, 2012
The Reading Post and getreading have teamed up with the Museum of English Rural Life (MERL) at the University of Reading to offer readers the chance to record their favourite rural places in Berkshire and win great prizes.
Until April 22, 2012 MERL is hosting an exhibition of photographs by Justin Partyka called Field Work which record a traditional way of life in rural East Anglia where he was born and grew up.
As part of this show Justin has now embarked on Project Berkshire to capture images of rural life here and wants local people to join in.
While he is out and about looking for great local scenes to photograph he wants Post/getreading readers of all ages to go out and do the same.
It may be pictures of traditional rural crafts, farmland views or views around countryside areas - anything that makes a great photograph of rural Berkshire. They can be taken digitally or on film but images need to be sent to us online.
A selection of entries will then be displayed on the getreading website and, thanks to a tie up with arts promoter Jelly, at a special “work in progress” exhibition in shop windows around Reading town centre so keep your eyes peeled.
There will also be special workshop activities taking place in The Oracle on March 23, 24 and 25 where you can meet Justin and get ideas. He and his colleague Bee Farrell are aiming to gather people's information on local family names as well as names of favourite places around Berkshire.
The competition - Your Project Berkshire which is sponsored by Metro Imaging - is in three age ranges:
- Up to age 11
- 12-17 years
- Adults of 18 years and older
Winning pictures will be published in the paper and online and winners will get a prize of a framed copy of their image, printed to exhibition quality.
The adult prize also includes a meal for two at the rural Fox and Hounds pub in Peasemore. Each of the winners in the children’s categories will receive vouchers worth £20.
Send in your favourite image showing the rural county for Your Project Berkshire here:
Closing date is midnight on April 22. Judges from MERL and the Reading Post will join Justin to decide the winners.
A selection of entries will be displayed on the getreading website.
For further help have a look at Justin's blog at www.justinpartyka.wordpress.com
You can also find out more about the Field Work exhibition here.
And more about Project Berkshire here.