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News article created on 23 January 2015

Spotlight shone on lost canal wonders

The ‘Lost Wonders of the Waterways World’ are the theme of a new photo competition launched to capture the hundreds of miles of derelict canals across England and Wales.

The competition, launched in partnership with The Inland Waterways Association, is asking for photographs of derelict or unrestored waterways which capture the emotion and feeling of our ‘lost’ waterways to help rediscover and bring these much-needed spaces back to life.

Jason Leach, enterprise and restoration manager said: “Many of us have seen striking images of some of our most famous landmarks such as Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, Bingley Five Rise Locks or Standedge Tunnel, which are great examples of how special our waterways can be. We’re after originality and good technical ability and pictures that trigger emotion in people.

“The waterways are experiencing a wonderful renaissance as more and more people embrace the range of benefits the waterways can offer to their everyday lives. There are hundreds of miles of abandoned waterways out there and we hope it opens up their imagination to the potential of how their local area could look if that canal was restored over time.

“There are some really inspirational volunteer groups out there who are leading the way in championing canal restoration as they realise the huge benefits the canals offer. They’re being visionary we hope that they inspire others to get involved and create a lasting legacy for us all to be proud of.”

The deadline for submissions is Friday 10 April 2015 and the winning entry will win vouchers worth £500 and two runners up will scoop £250. Winners will be announced w/c 11 May.

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