Photographers invited to enter pictures of Weston for a new exhibition in the town.

Culture Weston is calling out for keen photographers in Weston and beyond to submit photographs of Weston-super-Mare for a town-wide exhibition celebrating Weston’s weather, landscape, people and beachlife.

‘Weston Photography Open’ aims to represent the colourful nature of the town and its unique landscape in a vibrant exhibition of eclectic images taken by both local residents and visitors, that showcases people’s take on the town as seen through the camera lens.

Everyone with a passion for photography is welcome to take part, from happy snappers, enthusiasts, students and young people to amateur and professional photographers.

The Photography Open includes the following categories:

Beach life – photos from the coast

Street life – photos from around the town

Green life – photos from nature

It’s a dog’s life – photos of your canine friends

It’s a kid’s life – photos taken by the under 18s 

Audiences will be asked to choose their favourite ‘People’s Choice’ image, with the winner from each category receiving a prize.

All the photographs submitted will be exhibited later in the summer in town centre locations – more details to follow at cultureweston.org.uk.

To apply, people need to complete and upload images to this online form https://forms.gle/w4j5bpJd7n5kwpco6

Each person needs to select their chosen category/categories and can submit a maximum of 3 images in total. 

Applications need to be received by midnight on Sunday 7 August. 

All photographs submitted that fulfil the category brief will be included in the open exhibition and displayed in different sizes and formats at the discretion of the organisers. By submitting images to the Weston Photography Open, people are agreeing to have their work shown in public and digital spaces with the copyright of the photographs belonging to the photographer. 

The Photography Open is part of a free ‘Weston Presents’ programme of community events, supported by Arts Council England, North Somerset Council and Weston-super-Mare Town Council. Weston Presents Producer Sam Francis, who is an independent artist in Weston, is leading on the project supported by professional photographer Paul Blakemore.

Sam Francis said: “Weston-super-Mare and its amazing coastal landscape will give people bucket-loads of inspiration to capture their own vision of this wonderful town. We’re looking forward to seeing a wide variety of images reflecting the creativity of local people and visitors to the area.”

The idea for the initiative was catalysed through a SEE MONSTER community Think Tank process where the knowledge, imagination and passion of local residents has powered a diversity of things to see, do and experience for residents and visitors alike in the run up to and during the arrival of SEE MONSTER on Weston’s seafront. More information about the Weston Presents summer programme can be viewed at cultureweston.org.uk