Capturing the essence of a region through photography

We’ve already seen some fantastic submissions just hours after publishing this on the Guardian via The Northerner blog.  Anyone can contribute here: 

Powered by article titled “Do you have an image that captures the essence of The North?” was written by Sarah Hartley, for on Monday 9th July 2012 10.00 UTC

Being such a diverse and, frankly huge, geographical area, the north of England is difficult to sum up.

There’s plenty of well-known monuments such as the Angel of the North, wonderful landmark buildings such as Manchester’s mini houses of parliament in the shape of the town hall or the industrial heritage of Teesside’s Transporter Bridge but what’s the image that says The North to you?

We are inviting you to share your photos on the theme of Landscapes of the North during July. We’ll feature some of them here on The Northerner blog during the month and two expert photographers from the region will help us find a shortlist of images.

We’ll then ask Northerner readers to vote on those before selecting a final image to represent the north which will also become the backdrop for our official Northerner noticeboard.

One of the the judges helping to find that final selection will be Graeme Rowatt, an award-winning commercial photographer, based in the North East, who specialises in quality, bespoke commercial, editorial, corporate and advertising photograph.

The other, Jon Eland is well-known through Exposure Leeds, of which he is founding director, who describes himself as photographic image-maker, digital evangelist and all-round good egg. He offers this tip to those looking to take a winning image:

“As with all photography – a pretty picture can only count for so much – interest, excitement and a strong story to tell will always be a priority for me. It has to be much more than face value.”

To take part in the challenge, you’ll need to have the basic details of where in the north the image is located, a suitable headline/title, and a brief description of what the picture is about. Submit it to us using the instructions below. Please note that by entering into this, you are agreeing to have your picture shown on this blog and on the noticeboard but the copyright for the image remains with you. Maximum size of 2MB. JPG, GIF, PNG. Entries close Friday 27 July.

To submit your picture:

– if this is your first visit you’ll need to sign-up to You can do this via your existing Facebook or Twitter accounts or by creating a user name and entering your email address.
– once logged in, go to and click on ‘post a new report’
– you will be presented with a simple form asking for the information mentioned above. © Guardian News & Media Limited 2010

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