Enter our My Reading photography competition

Claire Slobodian
Photos of My Reading

In honour of Explore Reading’s one year anniversary on Sunday 8 July (how did that happen so quickly?!), we’re launching a photo competition to highlight the best of Reading and the much-loved sights of our town.

At Explore, we know Reading is really a beautiful town, despite all the detractors. So we want to celebrate our architecture, nature, indie businesses, events and people with the photography theme ‘My Reading’.

Readers can submit a maximum of three images which show off your favourite part of Reading. We’re looking for your most beautiful, dramatic, inspiring or funny shots of our town: the building you’ve always loved, your go-to lunch, or something you pass on your daily routine. It can be anything that says, ‘that’s my Reading’ to you. Shots can be old or new for the competition, the only stipulations are that they show somewhere in Reading and haven’t been published elsewhere before.

Photos will be judged by Explore Reading editor Claire Slobodian and excellent Reading-based photographer Salvo Toscano, who recently exhibited as part of the Whiteknights Arts Trail. See Salvo’s series of photos of Reading’s waterways here.

So, what would I win?

Selected finalist photos will then be exhibited at a special Explore Reading event held in the bar at South Street Arts Centre on Thursday 5 July. All finalists will be invited to the event, where the final photos will be displayed. All finalist photos will also be published in an online gallery on Explore Reading.

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The winning photographer will receive a framed print of their photograph and a meal for two at Honest Burgers. We called their patty the ‘best burger in Reading’ and they’ve generously donated a dinner for two, including burgers, booze and all the trimmings, for the winning photographer.

How do I take part?

To take part, e-mail your photos of ‘My Reading’, along with your full name and any image caption, to [email protected], or you can submit them on Instagram or Twitter using @explorerdg and #myRDG.

The deadline for submission is 23:59pm on Friday 29 June.

Terms and conditions:
  • The judges’ decisions are final.
  • You must be a UK resident to enter.
  • We’ll only consider three photographs from each person.
  • Photographs must display somewhere in Reading, Berkshire, UK
  • We can’t consider photos that have been published elsewhere (either online or in print), apart from those on your personal social media pages and personal websites.
  • The competition will run from Monday 11 June until 23:59pm on Friday 29 June.
  • By entering the competition, you agree to let Explore Reading share your images on our website and social media during the duration of the competition and judging process and event.
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