Capture Spelthorne: photography competition 2018

Capture Spelthorne

Spelthorne Council is looking for the best photographs of the borough. This is a chance for you to get outside, explore our beautiful borough and show off your photography skills. You don't need an expensive camera to take part, any camera or smart phone will do, as long as the photograph was taken in Spelthorne after 1 January 2017.


Living in Spelthorne - What does Spelthorne mean to you? Send us photographs of local life including events, social activities - in fact anything that you feel captures the spirit of this vibrant community.

Urban landscape - Spelthorne is home to many interesting buildings from the historic to the modern. Which buildings capture your imagination or reflect where you live?

Hidden gems - This is an opportunity for you to capture those hidden gems or secret corners that you want to share with us. Be as creative as you like.

Water scenes - Did you know that one third of Spelthorne is covered by water? From the River Thames to the many reservoirs and lakes, we would love to see your waterside snaps. You could include wildlife, boating or simply lovely waterscapes.

Under 16s - We can accept entries for any of the above categories.



The winner of each category will receive the following prize:

  • £50 prize money

  • Their picture published on the front cover of one of the following publications (TW15 / 18 magazine / Sunbury Matters / Shepperton Matters)

  • Copy of the Pinewood Studios photography hardback book.

The overall winner of all the categories will receive the following prize:

  • £100 prize money

  • Their picture published on the front cover of the summer edition of the Bulletin Magazine.

  • Copy of the Pinewood Studios photography hardback book.

Additionally the best 25 pictures will be displayed at an exhibition in the borough.


How to enter

Up to five photos can be submitted per entrant, either as digital images or hard copy prints (unfortunately we will be unable to return prints). Please include a short caption that best describes the image, your chosen category and provide your contact details (name, telephone number and postal or email address, plus your age if under 16yrs).

Email your entries to or post your entries to: Capture Spelthorne photography competition 2018, Spelthorne Borough Council, Council Offices, Knowle Green, Staines-upon-Thames, TW18 1XB.

The closing date for entries is 31 May. Winning entries will be notified by Friday 15 June.

Follow the action on Twitter and Facebook with the hashtag #captureSpelthorne


Terms and conditions

  • By submitting your image you are giving permission for Spelthorne Borough Council to use it (full permission and copyright).
  • All identifiable people are happy for their image to be shared publically. If your photo contains children, you must gain permission from their parents.
  • Entries are welcome from both amateur and professional photographers.
  • Entries must not have been entered into another photographic competition or previously published.
  • Entries must be taken within Spelthorne - details of where it was taken should be provided if possible.
  • Entries must have been taken since 1 January 2017.
  • It is the responsibility of the entrant to ensure that any images they submit do not infringe the copyright of any third party or any laws. Entrants must warrant that the photograph they are submitting is their own work.
  • Images may be digitally enhanced to remove spots or scratches, but not manipulated. Entrants can enhance the picture to make it brighter, clearer etc, but not manipulate the content. The judges reserve the right to exclude any image they believe may have been excessively treated so as to alter its authenticity. 
  • The closing date for entries is 5pm on Tuesday 31 May 2018. Late entries will not be accepted.
  • Entries must be relevant to one of the following categories: Living in Spelthorne, Urban landscape, Hidden gems, Under 16s (in any category)
  • Entries in the Under 16s category must have been taken by people aged 16 or under.
  • Emailed entries must be high resolution.
  • Entrants can enter a maximum of five images in total.
  • Entrants do not have to live or work in Spelthorne to enter.
  • Unsuccessful entrants will not be contacted and there is no obligation to feedback on any photographic entry. 
  • Judging will take place in June 2018 and the judges' decision is final.
  • Data protection: The information you provide will be collected and stored by Spelthorne Borough Council and processed in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998. We will only use your information for the purposes of administration of the Competition (including publishing your name and county if you are the winner) and any other purposes to which you have consented. We will not pass your details on to any third party.