The Longshed, Woodbridge between Saturday 8th and Wednesday 12th of June
A photography competition intended to understand ‘Nature’s Value’ and support by the Suffolk Coast & Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty has proven to be a tremendous success in its first year. A total of 220 images were submitted across 4 categories over the 9 week competition. Entrants were asked to meet the challenge of conveying the value of nature through an image of East Anglia. Beyond this, the brief was deliberately flexible, to accommodate the many and varied perspectives on what and how nature delivers for people and place.
The motivation behind running the competition stemmed from The Suffolk Pioneer Project. The Pioneer Project was set up by government to inform their ambitious policy to improve the state of the natural environment within a generation. The value of nature fits this narrative because t is understood that the environment has been degraded as a consequence of people taking it for granted. The theory goes, that if we can see and discuss the value of nature, we can inform the choices and decisions we take. The Pioneer wanted to understand what the value of nature is to the people of East Anglia and to start a conversation on it.
7 Winners, including judges choice and overall winner have been chosen in an arduous judging process. These, alongside a further 13 Highly Commended images will be exhibited in The Longshed, Woodbridge between Saturday 8th and Wednesday 12th of June before the exhibition moves to Ipswich County library from June 17th.