Wednesday 4 April 2012

Win £1,000 for your photographs

The Dead Art? Then and Now competition is back, with a prize of £1,000 for the winner.

Last year was the second success of the Memorial Awareness Board’s (MAB) “Dead Art? Then and Now” photographic competition. MAB, the organisation that works to promote and raise awareness of memorialisation issues in the United Kingdom, have now launched the competition for a third  year and is sponsored by StoneGuard Memorial Stone Insurance. It encourages photographers of all abilities to submit their images of memorials both “then” and “now” and the winner will receive £1000 from the sponsor.

This year there is an added twist to the rules. The public will be able to vote from the 10 short listed entries, on the MAB website, to choose the ultimate winner and runner up.

MAB’s Campaign Director Mike Dewar says, “Memorials and cemeteries have long been a favourite subject for photographers. There certainly is no shortage of unusual and interesting memorials throughout UK burial grounds and this competition focuses on capturing and showcasing their unsung beauty”.

Annette Etchells, Head of StoneGuard Memorial Stone Insurance says, “We are delighted to sponsor this unique photographic competition. We work to ensure the safety of memorials. This competition highlights the importance of beauty in our society as a focus for grief throughout our island history. It also emphasises the importance of StoneGuard’s role in preserving and perpetuating our memorials.”
MAB are calling photographers of all abilities. All entrants must submit two images of stone memorials one of then and one of now in order to be valid. The “Then” photograph should represent memorials as history, and the “Now” photos must be a modern headstone. Photographs can be either black and white or colour. To enter, email your photographs to . Entries must be received by midnight on July 2nd. For full information, see 

Photo courtesy of Julian Gothard, in memory of his brother and my friend, Adrian who is remembered in the Wordsworth Daffodil Garden, Grasmere.

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