Public Health Photo Competition

Calling all amateur photographers!
Are you a photographer whose talents are unappreciated? Has no-one had the chance to see your work on display? Are you looking for the chance to show your skills and photographs off across Cheshire? Then we might have the solution for you.
We’re writing the annual Public Health Report for Cheshire West and Chester Council and we need your help. We’re looking for photographs by local residents to brighten up the report. The Public Health report is about people’s health in Cheshire West and Chester and we’d like the local people to help us develop it.
We are holding a photography competition in which we would like to use all of the photographs that are submitted. There will also be prizes for the best three photographs (within each of the two age groups for entry). The winners will be announced when we launch the Public Health Annual Report in October 2014. The competition will run from 15 July until the 15 August 2014.
The title of the Report is “A Picture Paints A Thousand Words”. There are five themes for the competition and you can submit to as many of these themes as you like. The themes for the competition are:


With the people around you. With family, friends, colleagues and neighbours. At home, work, school or in your local community. Think of these as the cornerstones of your life and invest time in developing them. Building these connections will support and enrich you every day.

Be active

Go for a walk or run. Step outside. Cycle. Play a game. Garden. Dance. Exercising makes you feel good. Most importantly, discover a physical activity you enjoy and that suits your level of mobility and fitness.

Take notice

Be curious. Catch sight of the beautiful. Remark on the unusual. Notice the changing seasons. Savour the moment, whether you are walking to work, eating lunch or talking to friends. Be aware of the world around you and what you are feeling. Reflecting on your experiences will help you appreciate what matters.

Keep learning

Try something new. Rediscover an old interest. Sign up for that course. Take on a different responsibility at work. Fix a bike. Learn to play an instrument or how to cook your favourite food. Set a challenge you will enjoy achieving. Learning new things will make you more confident as well as being fun. 


Do something nice for a friend, or a stranger. Thank someone. Smile. Volunteer your time. Join a community group. Look out, as well as in. Seeing yourself, and your happiness, linked to the wider community can be incredibly rewarding and creates connections with the people around you. 

Submitting your entry

​You should submit your entries to and each submission must include:

  • Full name
  • Contact details
  • The category that you wish to enter your photograph into 

Terms and conditions

There are two categories for entrants:
  • Children and young people aged 17 years and under.
  • Adults aged 18 and over.
Taking and submitting photographs:
  • Use for best quality setting the camera will allow – at least 300 DPI. If your image is 72DPI it must be the largest file size possible.
  • The file size must be no smaller than 2MB and no larger than 10MB.
  • Entries may be taken using digital or film. But you must supply us with the original digital JPEG version of the photo. 
  • Entries may be in black and white or in colour.
  • Retouching / manipulation of digital images is accepted provided that all works are original works and not copies of other people's works.
  • You may not enter an image that has been published elsewhere or have won a prize in any other photographic competition.
  • You can enter an image taken at any time in the past.
  • Each entrant can submit to as many of these themes as they wish. You may enter up to five images (one for each theme).
  • The winner of each category will be selected by a local judging panel. 
  • All submissions showing people must have participant’s consent and written consent from parent or guardian if under 16 years of age. 
Submissions may be used in the Public Health Annual Report, published in October 2014. Entrants must own copyright to submissions. All submissions can be used within Cheshire West and Chester's promotional material and you agree to be referenced as the artist. Winners will be contacted and announced in the local media. 

Submitting your artwork means that you agree to all the terms and conditions above. 


  • Brio membership (family/couple/single)
  • National Trust membership (family/couple/single)
  • Chester Zoo vouchers
  • Theatre vouchers
  • Blue Planet vouchers

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