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Marlow Society Photo Competition

Marlow Society Photo Competition




The concept of conservation areas was introduced in England, Wales and Scotland by the Civic Amenities Act 1967 through a private members bill led by Lord Duncan Sandys.

When conservation areas legislation was introduced, there was widespread public concern over the pace of redevelopment in our historic towns and cities. Today there are over 10,000 conservation areas in the UK (approximately 9,300 in England, 500 in Wales, 650 in Scotland and 60 in Northern Ireland) reflecting the popularity of this measure in identifying and protecting our most valued historic places.


Conservation area designation essentially controls the demolition of unlisted buildings over a certain size and works to protect trees, restricts permitted development rights on dwelling houses and tightens regulations on advertising. It also places a statutory duty on local planning authorities to pay special attention to preserving or enhancing the character or appearance of conservation areas when undertaking their planning duties.


Designating a conservation area should not be seen as an end in itself. We live in a changing world and for the historic environment to survive and continue to be cherished, it needs to be positively encouraged and supported. This year, HOD will be held on 9th September 2017 and we are asking residents in Marlow to help us use the day to celebrate 50 years of conservation areas. We want the town to come together to say "my conservation area matters" and recognise how the conservation area has helped keep our town distinctive and special.


Terms and Conditions


The theme of the competition is: What the Marlow Conservation Area Means to Me.


The competition will be judged by Geoff Wood of the Marlow Society (for relevance to the theme and creativity) and Rowena Wolton of the Marlow Camera Club (for the technical ability shown). Winners will be announced at our HOD (Heritage Open Day) event at New Court on the 9th September and notification will then be made by email.


There are two categories of entries: Under 16 and Over 16. You must indicate in your email which category you are entering and give your age if you entering the Under 16 category.


Entries may be in colour or black & white. They may be in landscape or portrait style.


One entry per person only.


The photo must be taken within the Marlow Conservation Area and should include a recognisable building or object or view and be relevant to the title of the competition.


The Marlow Conservation Area is roughly bounded by the river to the south, the Hand and Flowers to the west, Cambridge Road to the north, and Victoria Road to the east.


Please include a title of your photo and your name.


Please keep the maximum size of your jpeg (or jpg) to no more than 3Mb. Note: if the image is in portrait style, we'll edit it down to 1050 pixels, or if in landscape style, to 1400 pixels on receipt.


Send your entry to:


Please send your entry by 6pm on Thursday 7th September.


By entering this competition you agree to your image being publicized and used by The Marlow Society eg on their website or magazine or in exhibitions.



To contact The Marlow Society:


Post: The Marlow Society, 22 Rookery Court, Marlow, Buckinghamshire, SL7 3HR.





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