Rollright Stones photographic competition 2010

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Rollright Stones photographic competition 2010

The Rollright Trust is inviting visitors to the famous Rollright Stones to enter a photo competition between now and next October. The competition is being sponsored by Ricoh Cameras UK and Morris Photographic Centre, and prizes include a Ricoh R10 camera, a half day photography course with local photographer Sarah Howard and, for the under 16s, a year’s membership of the Young Archaeologists Club and a chance to go on a dig.

There are four classes for entry - ‘Rollright through the Seasons’, ‘Living Stones’, ‘Myth and Mystery’ and ‘Under 16s’. Images can be entered either digitally or as prints or slides, accompanied by an official entry form which can be downloaded, along with further information, from the Rollright Trust website (

Since they were erected more than 3500 years ago, the Stones have seen all weathers and are covered with lichens. Sunlight plays with their curious pitted shapes; sometimes the most unpromising days yield skies that bring out the character of the site in a special way; and untouched snow or sparkling frost add a particular magic - in detail the lichens on the knobbly rock are remarkably colourful.

People have their own special associations with the Stones and many hold personal celebrations there. Many legends are associated with the site – that it was formed when a witch turned a king and his men into stone, that an elder tree at the site will bleed if cut in blossom, that at midnight the stones go down the hill to drink at a spring and that the stones cannot be counted.

Entrants to the competition are encouraged to be creative, using their photography to evoke the antiquity, natural beauty and mystery of the site, capturing what makes it special to them and to others.

The picture judged to be the overall winner, together with other outstanding entries, will be published in the form of a calendar for 2011 and may, if suitable, be printed as postcards for sale at the site and other local outlets. There is no charge for entering the competition and all proceeds from publications using any photos entered will support the charitable work of the Rollright Trust which manages the Stones.

The closing date for the competition is 1st October 2010.

Posted : 14/01/2010 13:54:49

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