August 2020

Photographers invited to snap Swindon’s heritage in all its glory

Photographers invited to snap Swindon’s heritage to contribute to a ‘virtual history book’ about the town. With prizes on offer for the best shot.

Photographers invited to snap Swindon's heritage  - the art deco diving platform at Coate Water
The Art Deco diving platform at Coate Water

Photo opportunities abound

Swindon abounds with photo opportunities. Consider the English Heritage listed GWR Railway Village. Or the Art Deco diving platform at Coate Water. Then there’s heritage buildings like the Mechanics’ Institution or The Locarno and Swindon boasts picturesque canals steeped in industrial history. And the old GWR works reimagined as the Designer Outlet.

Whatever it is, if you’re a photographer you’re spoiled for choice when it comes to fascinating and beautiful buildings to snap.

Visit Swindon, the organisation formed to showcase the best the town has to offer, has launched the Heritage Photo Challenge. And there’s terrific prizes on offer. 

They’re urging everyone from serious amateurs with professional camera kit to Instagrammers armed with mobile phones to get snapping. 

And what do photos make? Prizes!

The winning photographer will receive a prize package of a £100 voucher from independent photographic retailer T4 Cameras, plus an A3 print of their work.

“Swindon is steeped in history. And that history is a photographer’s dream said Julia Stuckey, business and economy manager at Swindon Borough Council. 

“To give yourself the best chance of winning your photo should capture something special about Swindon’s heritage. Or something eye-catching with a historical backdrop. 

“We’re looking for great buildings. Be they beautifully preserved or with an air of fading grandeur. Or wildlife engaging with architecture. Or scenes of photogenic people with heritage backdrops. We’re looking for beautiful but quirky, pseudo abstract or laugh out loud. Any of that could put you in the running.”

What the organisers are looking for


For a chance to win one of the prizes this what you have to do:

1. Follow Visit Swindon’s Instagram page at @visit_swindon.
2. share your photographs on the platform using the hashtag #SwindonHeritage2020

The competition runs until October 16, 2020 and a panel of judges will choose the winners. The best entries will appear on the Visit Swindon website and social media platforms.

You’ll find a full list of terms and conditions, as well as some handy photography hints from Visit Swindon’s in-house photographers at:

www.visitswindon.org.uk/news/heritage-photo-challenge.aspx