Gateshead's great outdoors photography competition

Photography comp


Did you know that almost two thirds of Gateshead is rural? 

We have captivating countryside right on our doorstep and we need you to photograph it in all its glory this autumn and winter. There's prizes for the best ones but it has to have been taken in the borough and must be an original! No copies from the internet please.  

We have four categories with four great prizes:

Landscape - We have some stunning views in Rural Gateshead, from the ancient Ousbrough Wood in the Beamish Valley, to the quiet beauty of Ryton Willows on the Keelmans Way, to the breath-taking Nine Arches Viaduct and the endless walks in Chopwell Woods. If your picture impresses our judges you will win a £20 voucher to enjoy some lovely food and cake at Café Shrub at the Land of Oak and Iron Visitor Centre.


Enjoying the Outdoors - There is so much to do and see, from riding the trails at one of the Forestry Commissions 'Big 6' at Chopwell Woods, to cycling one of the two national cycle networks that run through Gateshead, to enjoying our country parks with the kids, or letting your dog splash in the River Derwent as it winds its way towards the Tyne. If your photo wins you can enjoy a family day pass for Gibside Estate (National Trust) with tea and coffee thrown in for good measure.


Nature and Wildlife - Can you find any fun fungi, any exotic Waxwings or our beautiful Red Kites? Maybe you could even spot a roe deer at Thornley hide? If you're crowned our nature and wildlife winner you'll get one year's free membership to Durham Wildlife Trust


Youth (Under 16) - With so much to do and see, from the activities at Gibside, to catching the train at the Tanfield Railway and going wild in the woods we'd love to see what our young people love best about Gateshead's great outdoors.If your photo wins you can enjoy a family day pass for Tanfield Railway .



•             Send us your images or stories to:

•             Images must be of high quality (at least 2mb in file size)

•             Include 'Rural Gateshead' in the subject line and which category you wish to enter

•             Provide your first name and tell us where you live (area only ie Whickham)

•             Closing date is 16 January 2019  


By sending us your image you agree that you are happy for it to be shared online, along with your first name and used in council's printed marketing materials. You also agree that this is your own work and does not infringe on any third parties or copyright.


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