Dead Art? Then and Now National Photo Competition

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Press release from MAB to all you snappers

The National Photo Competition sees its fourth year! Hosted by the Memorial Awareness Board and this year’s proud new sponsors Funeral Directors, Lodge Brothers, the competition is calling photographers of all abilities; all you need is a keen eye for stone memorials.

The theme is stone memorials and the title “Dead Art? Then and Now” requires you to submit two photos of memorials that MUST be in stone and represent the then and the now. Photos will ONLY be accepted in the now category if the memorial is from the 21st Century. Photos can be either black and white or colour. Any use of photo editing is prohibited.

The winner’s prize is £1000 (generously donated by Lodge Brothers) and, new to this year, we are awarding a digital camera to the runner up. The competition closing date is Monday 14th October. We hope you get time to explore UK burial grounds!

A panel from the industry will then meet to shortlist the ten top photos. The competition will re open beginning of November for the public to be able to vote to choose the ultimate winner and runner up from the ten short listed entries on the MAB website!

MAB’s Campaign Director Mike Dewar says, “Memorials and cemeteries have long been a favourite subject for photographers. There certainly is no shortage of unusual and interesting memorials throughout UK burial grounds and this competition focuses on capturing and showcasing their unsung beauty”.

Christopher Lodge, Director of Masonry at Lodge Brothers (Funerals) Ltd says, “ as a family business established over 200 years, we are really pleased to sponsor this unique photographic competition. Memorials play a part in our social history through both personal and public memorials. They are a lasting tribute to loved ones and those who have lost their lives for our country. We sincerely hope that this competition shows the changes within our industry and society through the theme “Then and Now” and raises the awareness and importance of commemorating in stone.”

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