‘Snapshot of Yorkshire’ competition launched

Anyone with a passion for Yorkshire is being encouraged to enter a competition that could see their work displayed alongside the prints of one of Leeds’ most fascinating artists at a city museum.

As part of the ‘A Snapshot of Yorkshire’ competition, photographers of all ages and abilities have the chance to submit their pictures which they feel best reflect the region as it is today in in five different categories. These include; Working Life in Yorkshire; Yorkshire holidays; Yorkshire Sport; People at Home in Yorkshire; Yorkshire Celebrations.

If selected, winners will see their pictures sit alongside 40 prints by local artist George Walker in Abbey House Museum, that mark the 200 year anniversary of his work 'The costume of Yorkshire 1814'. This display will form part of a wider exhibition at the museum celebrating Yorkshire.

Using the successful prints from the competition to compare and contrast Yorkshire as it is today against the pictures by George Walker, collections will also be drawn from Leeds museums and galleries, other Yorkshire museums and members of the public for the exhibition.

Open for seven weeks, with a closing date of Friday 6 December 2013, contestants are asked to email their entries to Yorkshire.exhibition@leeds.gov.uk along with a brief description of where and when in Yorkshire their photograph was taken, details about who is in their picture (where applicable) and which category or categories they are entering.

As part of the competition, winners will also have the chance to attend a special preview of the exhibition and claim a range of Yorkshire-themed prizes.

To have your say on the beauty of the county and to help shape the exhibition, there is still the opportunity to contribute to a Yorkshire survey. For more details please see: www.leeds.gov.uk/yorkshireexhibition

Councillor Lucinda Yeadon, Leeds City Council’s executive member for leisure and skills said:

"This is the perfect opportunity for anyone with a real passion for Yorkshire to showcase their pictures of our great county alongside those of fascinating Leeds artist George Walker in a new exhibition opening at Abbey House Museum next January.

"With five categories to choose from, I am really looking forward to seeing how Yorkshire life is captured today as part of the ‘A Snapshot of Yorkshire competition’ and to see how they compare and contrast with the work of George Walker 200 years ago.

"With the deadline to enter any pictures set for 6 December, please don’t miss out on your chance to display just how great Yorkshire is.”

Notes for editors:

The competition is divided into five categories:

• Working Life in Yorkshire – images that show people working in the county.

• Yorkshire Holidays – images of people enjoying their holidays in Yorkshire.

• Yorkshire Sport – images of people enjoying or participating in sports in Yorkshire.

• People at Home in Yorkshire – shots of people at leisure or work in their homes or gardens in Yorkshire.

• Yorkshire Celebrations – images showing people at public events and festivals in Yorkshire.

The 'A Snapshot of Yorkshire' exhibition will open at Abbey House Museum on 25 January 2014.

Abbey House Museum is a lively, interactive museum which was short-listed for the Guardian ‘Kids in Museum Family Friendly Award’ in 2011. Wander the beautifully created authentic Victorian streets for a glimpse of life in 19th century Leeds.

For more information on Abbey House museum, please see: http://www.leeds.gov.uk/museumsandgalleries/Pages/Abbey-House-Museum.aspx

For media enquiries, please contact;

Colin Dickinson, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 39 51578

Email: colin.dickinson@leeds.gov.uk