|Volume 5, Number 11 - Summer 2005|
SCARS WANTS YOUR SNAPS !
2005 is the 20th Anniversary of Sankey Canal Restoration Society (SCARS), and the 250th Anniversary of the passing of the Act of Parliament authorising the building of the "Sankey Brook Navigation" in 1755.
By a happy coincidence, the year's major national waterways event takes place on our doorstep over the August Bank Holiday - The Inland Waterways Association's National Waterways Festival. This gives the Society the opportunity to bring its campaign for the restoration of the Sankey to centre stage in front of thousands of people from all over the country, including many of those whose support we need.
To attract the resources to make the most of this opportunity the Society is joining with the River Weaver Navigation Society and the Runcorn Locks Restoration Society to headline a major campaign for Halton's inland waterways.
This will include a joint Campaign slogan and logo and our hiring a large marquee to house displays on Halton's extensive waterways.
For our displays and publicity material, SCARS is looking for fresh, eye-catching photographic images of the Sankey Canal. To bring out the best, we are holding a Photographic Competition. The judge will be the renowned waterways photographer Harry Arnold, who is from Warrington, and has been a long-time supporter of SCARS, allowing the Society free use of valuable historic pictures he took of the Sankey in the 1960s.
There will be three Categories in the Competition: "The Hey-Days", "The Forgotten Years" and "The Restoration Years" with a cash prize of £50 in each category.
1. In "The Hey-Days" category we are looking for photographs taken during the working life of the Canal, which takes us to the last commercial traffic in 1959, when the sugar boats ceased trading to the Sankey Sugar Works at Earlestown.
2. In "The Forgotten Years" we are looking for photographs from the period following closure until approximately 1980, when the restoration of isolated sections of the Canal took place in Warrington and Widnes.
3. In "The Restoration Years" we are looking for photographs taken from 1980 to the present day.
Entries may be in digital form or on prints, and may be colour or black and white.
In the case of older photographs which are not the work of the entrant the owner of copyright must give prior permission for their submission to the competition.
All entries must be previously unpublished. (But original prints of poor reproductions are also sought.)
An exhibition of a selection of the entries will be held in Widnes Library from July 4th to 9th.
Application forms for entries and the Rules of the Competition are available from: SCARS Photo Competition, 23 Hague Bar, New Mills, High Peak SK22 3AT, or emailed to email@example.com, to arrive no later than 31st May 2005. All entries will be acknowledged and the winning entries notified by 31st July 2005.
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