Contest will show off Nidderdale’s beauty

PICTURE POST - Brimham Rocks, Near Harrogate. 7th April 2003. Tech Data Nikon D1h camera, 17-35 lens, 800th sec at f8, iso 400.
PICTURE POST - Brimham Rocks, Near Harrogate. 7th April 2003. Tech Data Nikon D1h camera, 17-35 lens, 800th sec at f8, iso 400.

Nidderdale AONB has teamed up with Visit Harrogate to launch a photographic competition to show off the area’s landscapes.

My Nidderdale is aimed at encouraging people to make the most of the fantastic photo opportunities in the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Nidderdale AONB - which stretches from the high moorland of Great Whernside south and east towards the edge of the Vale of York - is home to a number of beautiful attractions, including Brimham Rocks, Fountain’s Abbey, Coldstones Cut and How Stean Gorge.

It also features 125 ancient monuments, 574 listed buildings, three historic gardens, a world heritage site, 14 conservation areas, nine Sites of Special Scientific Interest, 11 reservoirs and 568 miles of public rights of way.

AONB manager Sarah Kettlewell said: “The opportunities are endless.

“Nidderdale AONB is a truly special place, a beautiful protected landscape with internationally important habitats and species, which make for a perfect picture postcard.”

The competition will help the AONB team continue its work to conserve the landscape for future generations and to protect the environment in a sustainable way.

Sarah added: “The more we engage and appreciate nature, the more we care and want to protect it. We really want to see what people feel makes Nidderdale AONB a special place to live, work and visit.”

The My competition is open to people of all ages.

Entry is free and up to five photos can be submitted per person, with first, second and third prizes for both the adult category and under-16s category.

Shortlisted photos will be published in the Harrogate Advertiser. There will also be a chance to vote on a ‘People’s Choice’ winner from shortlisted entries.

The final winners will feature in an exhibition at the Number 6 Studio Gallery, Pateley Bridge.

Richard Spencer, CEO of Visit Harrogate, said: “Nidderdale is truly a stunning and important part of the Harrogate district and features some of our top visitor attractions.

“This photo competition offers a chance to really show off why our district is so proud to be home to an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.”

Go to www.visitharrogate.co.uk to enter. The deadline is August 31.