May 28, 2013 | Armistead News
Amateur photographers from across Cumbria, west Yorkshire and north Lancashire can snap up hundreds of pounds worth of Amazon vouchers in a competition based around the area’s newest wind farm.
Developer Banks Renewables is inviting people to submit their favourite views of their new Armistead Wind Farm, which is located on land near the village of Old Hutton, to the east of the M6 between junctions 36 and 37.
The Armistead scheme’s six turbines have been erected over a three month period, with renewable energy beginning to be generated in February.
The competition has two categories, for amateur photographers aged under 16 and aged 16 and over, and £150 of Amazon vouchers will be given to the winner of each class.
Entries must be taken from the public footpaths and bridleways around the site, rather than from on the wind farm itself, and emailed into Banks, with the best pictures then being uploaded by the firm to the competition’s Facebook page for everyone to see.
A shortlist of 12 images will be drawn from the gallery page, which can be found at www.facebook.com/groups/armisteadwindfarmphotocompetition/, with two winners being announced at the Armistead wind farm community open day which Banks will be hosting during the summer.
Armistead is the fourth wind farm in the north of England that Banks has commissioned in the last two years, and final landscaping work on the site, including soil replacement and seeding, will be completed as the weather improves over the coming weeks.
The associated Armistead Wind Farm Community Fund will also now make grants up to £12,300 every year that will make a positive, long-term difference to community groups and facilities in the area.
Details of the first grants to be made to local groups from the Fund will be announced in the near future, and further applications are already being invited from local projects for future consideration.
Phil Dyke, development director at Banks Renewables, says: “There was a great deal of community interest in the Armistead turbines as they were being built, and we noticed that a lot of photographers were coming out to get shots of the work that was being done, so we thought it would be a good idea to provide a forum through which everyone’s take on the completed wind farm could be seen and shared.
“The composition and format of competition entries is entirely up to each individual entrant, and we’re looking forward to seeing local photographers’ approach to capturing this new part of the local landscape.
“The Armistead open day will give everyone the chance to find out more about how the scheme operates, what happens to the energy that it is now generating and how revenues from it will be used to substantially improve the community facilities that local people enjoy for decades to come, and further details of the event will be announced in the near future.”
Entries for the Armistead wind farm photography competition should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org before the 28th June 2013 closing date.
For further competition information, and full terms and conditions of entry, please visit www.banksgroup.co.uk