A new photography competition entitled “Life on the Waterways” is putting Pocklington Canal in the picture.
The Canal and River Trust, the charity that cares for the nine and a half mile canal, has launched the contest as part of its celebrations for the waterway’s 200th anniversary.
Amateur snappers are invited to submit any image that showcases the heritage, wildlife, or people of Pocklington Canal, and the winning photos will be featured in an exhibition in the town that opens on Monday 18 June.
The top 10 entries, judged by representatives from the Trust, Pocklington Canal Amenity Society and Natural England, will be exhibited alongside the People of Pocklington Canal community display in Pocklington Arts Centre.
Lizzie Dealey, Pocklington Canal project officer at Canal and River Trust, said: “Whether you have a stunning shot of a kingfisher catching his dinner, the perfect photo of people on a boat trip or an image that highlights the canal’s important history – we want to see it.
“Pocklington Canal has been part of the local landscape for 200 years, and we want people to show us how they see it in the present day.
“We think spring is the perfect time for a photo walk along the towpath, so we’re expecting lots of fantastic shots of this beautiful waterway.”
Those taking a photo walk along the Melbourne Arm section will soon be able to enjoy a new visitor signage trail, set to be revealed in May.
The series of information panels will highlight some of the facts and features of the canal, helping people find out about the things they see along the way. They have been funded as part of a Heritage Lottery Fund project currently taking place to celebrate the canal’s 200 years.
Entry into the contest is free and submissions must be made online by Monday 28 May at: https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/about-us/our-regions/north-east-waterways/pocklington-canal-photography-competition.
A packed programme of events to celebrate Pocklington Canal’s Bicentenary is taking place throughout 2018.
Visit https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/enjoy-the-waterways/events to discover the full list of activities.