Durham Cathedral - Photo Competition

Durham Cathedral Photo Competition
06th March 2019

Capture Durham Cathedral: new photographic competition launched

If you were to compile a list of must see places in the country to photograph, then Durham Cathedral has got to be a contender.

And this week you can do just that as the cathedral announces the launch of its first photographic competition – and relaxes its rules on personal photography –  encouraging its visitors to capture the cathedral – from its intricate stained glass in the Transfiguration Window, The Prior’s Clock and of course St Cuthbert’s tomb.

The competition marks a change to its existing policy that had limited the taking of photographs to the Cathedral Cloister and the church’s exterior to maintain the fabric and protect peaceful worship. While these remain firm priorities, the Cathedral recognised that the ban had prevented many keen visitors from taking a permanent reminder of the Cathedral’s beauty home with them.

Canon Chancellor of Durham Cathedral, Charlie Allen, said: ‘It is important for us to reflect that we are a living, working, progressive place of worship, with many visitors wanting to create lasting visual memories of their time at Durham Cathedral.

“With the rapid advancement of social media, a lot of our visitors are keen to share their experience with family and friends, and it feels good that we can now encourage them to do so, spreading the wonder of Durham Cathedral and all that it represents to a wider audience.’

To competition will run from Friday 8 March to Friday 12 April 2019 with different categories: sacred spaces, stained glass, shadows and sunlight and architectural wonders.

You can enter as a child or an adult and the prize is a family ticket to Open Treasure for up to two adults and three children.

To be in with a chance of winning, take a photo and post it to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with the tag #mydurhamcathedral.

Don’t forget to include tags with the categories you’re entering – for instance #mydurhamcathedral #adult #sacredspaces. Entries will be judged with a child and adult winner of each category, as well as an overall winner, chosen after submissions are closed.

The Cathedral’s attitude to worship remains unchanged, with the privacy of visitors of the utmost importance, especially during quiet periods of prayer and reflection. Some areas of the Cathedral will remain photography-free zones, such as the Gregory Chapel. Photography and filming during services and events remains prohibited, as well as photography in Open Treasure. In areas where photography is permitted, flash must not be used.

Permits are still necessary for commercial photography and fees will apply. Anyone wishing to carry out this type of activity is asked to contact the Marketing and Events team at events@durhamcathedral.co.uk for further information.

Full Competition Terms and Conditions, as well as the full Photography and Filming Policy can be found on the Durham Cathedral website.

Happy snapping!

Image credit: © Chapter of Durham Cathedral