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Saturday 15 June 2024
15/06/2024

Putting Northumberland’s beauty and future in the frame

An exhibition showcasing Northumberland in all its glory – and campaigning for its protection – needs the people who know and love it best to get involved. Sam Wonfor reports.
What A Wonderful World Festival founders Liz and Alistair Anderson

If it’s true that a picture paints a thousand words, then an upcoming photographic exhibition in Northumberland looks set to get its message across in loud, clear and eye-catching fashion.

My Northumberland has been organised by environmental action group, What A Wonderful World (WaWW) and aims to celebrate the beauty of its eponymous county while also highlighting the need to protect it for future generations.

“We know Northumberland offers great inspiration for photographers, but we also want to understand more about people’s connections to the county and what concerns they have about its future,” said Liz Anderson, co-founder of WaWW.

“Photographers are invited to submit accompanying text that will relate the environmental issues that are important to them.”

Whether it’s sweeping landscapes across the Northumberland countryside and famous coastline, depictions of the county’s diverse wildlife populations or a secluded spot which holds a special meaning, the organisers are encouraging a broad range of entries from photographers of all ages and abilities.



The resulting exhibition, featuring 60 chosen images, will be open at Alnwick Playhouse from June 3 to July 4.

There will be prizes in two junior categories (up to 12 and 12-18 years) meanwhile a selection of the photos will also be used to create a 2025 calendar for launch during the What a Wonderful World’s third Festival, taking place from June 27-30 and once again designed to inform, entertain and campaign.

Liz added: “Local and global environmental issues affect us all and the photo exhibition is a key element of this year’s WaWW Festival and will showcase the county we all love. 

Deadline for photographic entries is April 12

“The Festival has a fantastic line-up including conversations, music, poetry and dance featuring national and local figures such as musician Kathryn Tickell, acclaimed journalist Tim Smedley and of course the many talented local young people who will be performing at The Playhouse and Alnwick Garden over the Festival weekend.”

People are invited to submit photographs for consideration for the My Northumberland exhibition, together with some words which outline their environmental concerns and suggestions of positive steps which could be taken to care for the area.

All photographers whose work is selected for the exhibition or calendar will be invited to a preview event at Alnwick Playhouse.

The deadline for entries is April 12, 2024. Full details and the entry form are available on the WaWW website.

@samwonfor

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