Young photography competition seeks new perspective on Bedford


A photography competition for young people in Bedford has launched to reflect different perspectives of the town’s well-known and not-so-well-known landmarks.

The competition is being run by independent estate agent, Hollands Smith, who have recently relaunched their website. The new website features photography around the town, including some of the more unusual sights such as the High Street’s golden bull and a pair of boxing hares atop a thatched roof.

Now they are challenging the young people of Bedford to capture their perspective of the town to win a featured spot on Hollands Smith’s website, a Waterstones voucher and a donation to their school or PTA.

“We are so proud of our town and would love to share that with the world – so following in the footsteps of the lovely photography on our new website, we want to see what local children can do,” said Rob Smith, director of Hollands Smith.

“We are keen to see photos that showcase the wonderful community and culture of our town, the landmarks, the hidden treasures – the more quirky or unusual the better.

“Those places that mean a lot to children and make Bedford a wonderful place to live.”

Exclusively for the Bedford Independent, Hollands Smith’s resident photographer has shared some top tips for any aspiring snappers:

  • Capture multiple shots: one of the best things about digital photography is that you can take as many photos as you want and there is no need to print them off to see the results. This makes it much easier to learn and improve from your results. Burst photos are great to use when using a smartphone too.
  • Learn what your camera can do: take some time to find out exactly what your camera is capable of. Some cameras allow you to use more manual settings like white balance and shutter speed.
  • Stick to outdoors and use natural light where possible: it’s best to take photos outdoors in the proper lighting conditions to get the best results. Lighting determines not only brightness and darkness, but also mood, tone and the atmosphere of the photo.
  • Use HDR: HDR mode stands for High Dynamic Range, and it is common on digital cameras and many smartphones. It adds detail from the dark and light areas to provide better-balanced exposure.
  • Use editing tools: on camera phones, you have easy access to editing tools, built-in editor, or by using more advanced phone apps like Adobe Lightroom or Photoshop. Using these apps you can crop and touch up your photos in seconds.
  • Have fun: don’t overthink it too much. Find some unusual shots or locations and get snapping.

How to enter

To enter, simply email your child’s photo to, confirming the name of the entrant and age group. Multiple family entries are allowed and encouraged and email details will not be used for any other purpose.

There are two age groups, under 12s and 13 – 17 years old.

The prize for each age group:

£50 for your school PTA (* if your school doesn’t have a PTA, we can donate the same amount to help support your school library)
Your image will be showcased on Hollands Smith’s website for all to see
£25 Waterstones voucher

All entries must be received by 11.59pm on Sunday 5 December.

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