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First Prize : £100 Amazon Voucher

Second Prize : £30 Amazon Voucher

Third Prize : £20 Amazon Voucher


These images will be enlarged for display in the Verwood Memorial Hall.  Further images will be chosen across all 4 categories to be enlarged and displayed.

'Verwood Through The Lens'

The VDHS “Verwood Through the Lens” Photography Competition gives entrants the opportunity to celebrate the town, its people and the surrounding countryside.  We are looking for images with a historical and community significance, with local subjects in and around Verwood which are not regularly displayed – the more interesting, the better!  We would like to see how creative and imaginative our local photographers can be! 


Entrants can submit up to 2 images into each of the categories, and is FREE to enter! ; 


1.      People’ of Verwood and District

[e.g. individuals, groups and societies, shots from the Carnival or Rustic Fayre etc]

2.      ‘Historical Interest’ around Verwood and District 

[e.g. historic buildings, churches, monuments etc]

3.      ‘Wildlife’ around Verwood and District

[e.g. birds, deer, hares, badgers, foxes, insects etc]

4.      ‘Landscapes’ around Verwood and District

[e.g. we're surrounded by natural vistas, stunning views, and interesting landmarks, think bluebell woods, rolling hills, heathland, forests, golf courses and football pitches] 


The winning images will be enlarged and permanently displayed on the walls of the newly re-decorated Verwood Memorial Hall.  A digital copy of the photo (over 6MP minimum, and preferably over 12MP) will need to be made available if your image is chosen.  We would prefer any image over 12MP so we can confidently enlarge to A1 or A2 size while maintaining image quality.

We look forward to seeing what images our talented local photographers enter!

Steps to Enter : 

  • Read the T&C below to ensure your entry complies.

  • Fill in an entry form and submit via email ( or drop off (82 Albion Way, BH31 7LR) before entry closing date Thursday 14 March 2024.

  • Print photo entries, check mounting guidelines below.  Add your name, competition category,  specifically where the photo was taken, and the file size of the electronic file available onto the back of the photo/mount.

  • Either drop your printed photo entries through the door (82 Albion Way, BH31 7LR) before 15 March 2024, or bring to the Verwood Memorial Hall between 8.30 and 11am on 16 March 2024.


Mounting Guidelines :

A4 and A5 photos must be mounted, smaller photos may be mounted or unmounted. 

** We encourage entrants to submit larger prints for this competition**.  Maximum A4 size inclusive of mount. 

Terms & Conditions :

  1. This competition is open to amateur photographers only.  Entrants must not be professional photographers.  For the purposes of this competition, we consider a professional photographer to be someone who makes more than half their annual income from the sale of their photographs.

  2. All entries must be the original work of the entrant and must not infringe the rights of any other party.  Further, entrants must not have breached any laws when taking their photographs.

  3. The entrant can submit a maximum of 2 images in each category.

  4. A4 and A5 photo prints must be mounted, smaller photos may be mounted or unmounted.  ** We encourage entrants to submit larger prints for this competition**.  Maximum A4 size inclusive of mount.

  5. Clearly label each entry on the back of the photo or mount with : i) the photographer’s name; ii) the category being entered; iii) where specifically the photo has been taken; iv) the size of digital file available.  The photographer’s name should not appear on the front of the print or mount.

  6. Standard photo proportions only (ie. no panoramic, square, elongated etc submissions)

  7. Photo prints can be dropped at the Show Manager’s address before 14 March, otherwise entrant to bring to the Verwood Memorial Hall between 8.30 and 11am on 16 March.

  8. Photo prints must remain in-situ on display for the Show duration and can be collected after 4.30pm.

  9. As well as the print to be judged, the image needs to be available in digital format of an A1, A2 or A3 printable quality/size (over 6MP minimum, and preferably over 12MB) to allow winning photos to be enlarged.  The size of the digital file provided will denote what size enlargement is possible.

  10. The entrant confirms images taken of private gardens/property other than that of the entrant must have the permission of the owner. This is the sole responsibility of the entrant. 

  11. The entrant confirms images containing identifiable people have their permission before submission.  The entrant must secure the permission of parents or guardians for the photographs of minors or vulnerable adults  This is the sole responsibility of the entrant. 

  12. By submitting a photo, the entrant is also granting permission for the image, if selected, to be reproduced once for display in the hall and for any publicity of the competition in local press and social media.

  13. Entrants under the age of 12 years needs to have parent or guardian consent to enter.

  14. All entries will be judged by a panel of judges who will select the winning images which, in their opinion, best promote Verwood.  The entrant’s name will not be visible to the judging panel.  They will consider a range of factors including composition, overall impact, originality, interesting subject matter and the appeal of the photographs.  The judges’ decision will be final and no correspondence can be entered into.  The winning entries will be chosen during the Spring Show judging between 11am and 1.30pm on 16 March 2024.  Prizes will be awarded during prize giving at 4pm.

  15. Family members of the judging panel are not permitted to enter the competition.

  16. A number [tbc] of photo entries will be selected by a panel of independent judges for enlargement and permanent display in the Memorial Hall.  Of these, the judges will select 1st, 2nd and 3rd placings which will win Amazon gift vouchers : £100 First Prize, £30 Second Prize, and £20 Third Prize.  There will not be any cash alternative to these prizes.

  17. By entering, entrants will be deemed to have agreed to be bound by these rules and the judges reserve the right to exclude any entry from the competition at any time at their absolute discretion if they have reason to believe that an entrant has breached these rules.

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