Be in­spired... and get snap­ping

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Cathedral View - Stu­art Orme is op­er­a­tions di­rec­tor at Peter­bor­ough Cathe­dral

Many vis­i­tors to Peter­bor­ough Cathe­dral are struck by its mag­nif­i­cent scale and how it took gen­er­a­tions of crafts­men to con­struct. Oth­ers are en­thralled by the in­tri­cate de­tails of ab­bots, bish­ops, kings and myth­i­cal beasts that adorn the vast me­dieval painted ceil­ing, which is unique in the UK.

That the artistry re­quired to cre­ate this beau­ti­ful build­ing as­tounds and in­spires vis­i­tors to­day is easy to judge, by the num­ber of im­ages of it that ap­pear on In­sta­gram, Flickr and the like. This is not to men­tion the nu­mer­ous prints and paint­ings of it from years gone by, many held in the col­lec­tion at Peter­bor­ough Mu­seum. Two of these views were pro­duced by the fa­mous 19th cen- tury artist, J.W.M. Turner, who painted wa­ter­colours of the cathe­dral in 1796. At this time he was still just a young job­bing artist, learn­ing his trade and pick­ing up com­mis­sions around the coun­try.

In re­cent years the West Front has been voted as one of the most pho­tographed views in the UK in a sur­vey by Fuji. In the last few weeks a pic­ture of the cathe­dral taken through a win­dow in the precincts has been voted the most beau­ti­ful view in the East of Eng­land.

The pic­turesque and pho­to­genic na­ture of the cathe­dral is one of the rea­sons why, with the sup­port of the Her­itage Lot­tery Fund, we’ve de­cided to run a pho­tog­ra­phy com­pe­ti­tion, open to keen am­a­teur pho­tog­ra­phers of any age, from 10 years old right through to adults.

The theme of the com­pe­ti­tion is “Peter­bor­ough Cathe­dral at Night”, so as the nights start to draw in it’s the per­fect time to take a trip to the cathe­dral and see what imag­i­na­tive and strik­ing pic­tures you can cap­ture.

For in­te­rior shots, there will be a spe­cial evening open­ing at the Cathe­dral on Tues­day, Oc­to­ber 18, from 7pm un­til 9pm, when any­one plan­ning to en­ter the com­pe­ti­tion can come along and take pic­tures. There will be plenty of can­dle­light cast­ing evoca­tive shad­ows to set you think­ing and pro­vide in­spi­ra­tion. It doesn’t mat­ter if you’re us­ing a high spec cam­era or one on a mo­bile phone, as long as you can send us one or more in­ter­est­ing, high qual­ity pic­tures.

The judges who will short­list en­tries in­clude pho­tog­ra­pher Matthew Roberts, Peter­bor­ough Tele­graph Ed­i­tor Mark Ed­wards, lo­cal artist Tony Nero and Canon Jonathan Baker of Peter­bor­ough Cathe­dral.

Their se­lected short­list of pho­to­graphs, ten from each of three age groups – 10-13 years, 14-17 years and adult - will be ex­hib­ited at the new Vis­i­tor and Lean­ing Cen­tre at the Cathe­dral from mid-Novem­ber un­til Jan­uary. Vis­i­tors to the ex­hi­bi­tion will be able to vote for which­ever en­try they like best, giv­ing both an over­all win­ner as well as prizes in each age group.

The clos­ing date for en­tries is Oc­to­ber 31, with more de­tails on how to en­ter on the Peter­bor­ough Cathe­dral web­site at www.peter­bor­ough-cathe­dral.org.uk – or you can pop into our Vis­i­tor Cen­tre to pick up a leaflet.

So, be in­spired, and get snap­ping!

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