Media Release: Capturing the spirit of coalfield communities

FANCY yourself as a photographer? Think you can capture the spirit of Scotland’s mining communities?

The Coalfields Regeneration Trust is throwing down the gauntlet with a challenge to coalfield community residents throughout the UK to enter their great new photographic competition.

The competition is open to everyone and all areas of photography, professional, semi-professional and enthusiastic amateurs using any digital camera or even a mobile phone.

You can enter landscapes, people, events, objects or buildings – in fact, anything or anybody that you feel sums up the spirit of coalfield communities today. All images should have been taken in 2010.

Nicky Wilson, Scottish Trustee of the Coalfields Regeneration Trust, said: “Coalfield communities have undergone a massive change and many residents have had life-changing experiences, both good and bad.

“This competition pays tribute to the tremendous community spirit that we know is alive and well in former mining areas, despite the hardships they have suffered and the problems they still face.

“This is a perfect opportunity for residents to share their images of places, people and events which continue to make coalfield communities special.”

The top ten images will be made into special prints to be displayed in community centres funded by the CRT across Britain and the top 50 images will be showcased in a book to celebrate the work of the Trust.

You can enter up to three images by uploading to them to wall on the Coalfields Regeneration Trust Facebook page or the Coalfields Regen Flicker group or by emailing them to

Please include your name, address, age and a short explanation of where the photograph was taken and when. Full details of the competition which closes on November 29, are on the CRT website


Note to Editors:

The Coalfields Regeneration Trust was formed in 1999 to help mining communities recover from the devastating effects of pit closures. Since then the Trust has spent over £15m in Scotland supporting over 500 community-based and job creation projects in the hardest hit areas.

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