Snappers challenged to capture threatened sites

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As part of its struggle to prevent large scale housing developments on the edges of town, Clitheroe Residents Action Group is running a photographic competition in celebration of two key sites under threat of development.

CRAG chairman Steve Rush explained: “Among the unique features of Clitheroe’s heritage are the fields and woods that surround it, often extending almost into the centre of the town and giving direct access to the open country of the Ribble Valley and Pendle Hill.
“To townspeople and visitors alike they are an asset of inestimable worth, a venue for dog walking and courtship, bird watching, letting off steam after exams, for starting and ending adventures, for family days out, a haven for wildlife, and working farmland on which sheep and cattle graze, often within earshot of the town bells.

“But what price beauty? Much of this land is held by estate owners who, in collaboration with developers, plan to destroy this part of Clitheroe’s heritage forever by building 1,435 houses across three sites – over 1,000 on the Standen Estate and 400 in the fields adjacent to Milton Avenue and running down to the Ribble.

“There are many reasons why these proposals are objectionable to us, one of which is the visual beauty and unique landscape value of the threatened fields. We want to celebrate this beauty in a photographic competition open to all Ribble Valley residents, to celebrate it and to try to stop its needless loss.”

The competition is aimed at amateur phoptographers living in the Ribble Valley who can submit up to three photographs which they feel capture the unique character of the threatened fields. These can be new photographs or favourite photos taken in the past (provided they’ve not been entered for a competition already).

There are four categories, each with a £25 cash prize, and an exhibition of the prize photographs and other entries is planned to be held in Clitheroe. The competition will be judged by a professional photographer based in Clitheroe and th closing date for entries is January 7th. The categories are:
1. Best photograph taken by an adult of the Standen Estate designated development area
2. Best photograph taken by a junior (under 16) of the Standen Estate designated development area.
3. Best photograph taken by an adult of the Waddow View/Milton Avenue development area
4. Best photograph taken by a junior of the Waddow View/Milton Avenue development area
Further details (including the full competition rules) and an application form are available by emailing: