Welwyn Garden City celebrates its 100th birthday in 2020; the WGC Photography Club (WGCPC) was first off the starting blocks last year and is continuing to lead from the front. It has again announced and arranged its contribution to the celebrations, starting on 12th February, with the second annual WGC schools photo competition, which was initiated in 2017 and will be repeated each year up to and including 2020.
Working with the WGC Schools and the WGC Centenary Foundation, students from the town’s primary, secondary, private and special schools are again being invited to submit photographs they have taken, to a judging panel. Trophies, certificates and cash vouchers will be given by the Mayor to the winning contestants at Campus West on July 5th.
Richard White, chairman of the WGCPC said, “We are delighted once again to be the first organisation to start the ball rolling towards 2020, the town’s Centenary year. In partnership with the schools and supported by the Centenary Foundation we are organising a series of annual photographic competitions in 2017, 2018 and 2019, culminating in a “roll-up” Centenary event in 2020. The competition opened on February 12th and already half of the town’s schools have registered to compete. We aim to have entries from at least 20 of WGC’s 27 schools by the time of the competition deadline, which is April 30th. The theme this year is “Sport and Leisure”.
Mr White continued, “WGC Photography Club is very much alive and thriving – we celebrated our 80th Anniversary last year. We are always seeking new members, whether beginners or not, and in 2017 we introduced a series of 8 workshops designed for all levels. We are hoping that schoolchildren, from 14 year olds upwards will be encouraged by this collaboration to join our club.”
Mr Peter Brown, Head Teacher at Stanborough School and convenor of the heads of schools in WGC is the convenor of the Joint Working Group set up by project leader Dr Dennis Lewis, Mr David Kell and Mr Graeme Bell from the WGC Centenary Foundation. Mr Brown said “I am delighted that the schools in the town are the first young people to be involved in the Centenary celebrations. The Centenary Foundation stated that the direct and active involvement of young people was a priority, and by working together with the Foundation plus the enthusiastic support of the WGC Photography Club, we have succeeded in making our contribution to the Centenary celebrations. I intend that we should continue to do that, on an increasing scale, up to and including our town’s Centenary year, 2020.”
Dennis Lewis said, “As soon as we have recovered from the prizegiving in July we shall start working on the 2019 Photographic Competition. Our planning assumes that we shall see an increasing number of students from WGC schools submitting good quality photographs each year, particularly for the climax in our Centenary year – when there will be so much of interest to point our cameras at!”
***Watch out for the full results of the WGC Centenary Schools Photography Competition 2018 in the Welwyn Times on July 11th