Wells Cathedral Photographic Competition 2016

To celebrate the wonder of stunning Wells Cathedral in its visual splendour we are holding a photography competition to see the Cathedral through the eyes of our visitors. Use your imagination to capture your perspective on the Cathedral and Vicars’ Close. Or have you taken a photograph you’re particularly proud of from a recent visit to us?

Shortlisted photos will be professionally printed to 8 x 6” and displayed at our Photographic Competition Exhibition in Wells Cathedral’s South Cloister from Saturday 15 – Friday 28 October 2016.

The winner will also receive a voucher for a meal for two at Wells Cathedral’s café, a £100.00 high street stores voucher and their winning photo printed on a canvas for display at the competition exhibition. Once the exhibition closes this canvas will be sent to the winner for display in pride of place at home.


Wells Cathedral is one of the most photographed historic buildings in the south west, full of beautiful and unique architectural details, stained glass windows and medieval features. To celebrate the wonder of this stunning attraction in its visual splendour we are holding a photography competition to see Wells Cathedral through the eyes of our visitors.

 Vicars Close and cat  The great West Front of Wells Cathedral The Nave and famous ‘Scissor Arches’ at Wells Cathedral


The Wells Cathedral Photographic Competition is open from Monday 12 September 2016 and closes at 12noon on Thursday 29 September 2016. A panel of judges will collect to select entries for a shortlist and choose an overall winner to be displayed at an exhibition and on Facebook plus a dedicated Pinterest board. Results will be announced by the end of play Friday 30 September with the winner and all entrants selected for shortlisting being contacted by a representative of Wells Cathedral.

Use your imagination to capture your perspective on Wells Cathedral and Vicars’ Close, whether it be a piece of stone-masonry that caught your eye, a cat frolicking in a garden of a house on Vicars’ Close or the grand West Front of the Cathedral. There are plenty of places and spaces to explore from the Chapter House to Camery Gardens that cannot fail to inspire your creativity.

Entry Details


Email image

You can enter by simply emailing your picture to [email protected] either directly or via a file transfer site such as WeTransfer or Dropbox. To accompany your entry you should provide us with your name and contact phone number although we will restrict contact to your email address.



Alternatively you can enter via Facebook by direct messaging your picture and comments to us or by posting your picture on our Facebook page @WellsCathedral using the tag #WellsCathedralPhotoCompetition to make sure it gets entered. If you are lucky enough to be shortlisted or win the competition we will direct message you via Facebook. This competition is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by or associated with, Facebook. By participating you hereby release and hold harmless Facebook from any and all liability associated with this promotion.

A short description of your photo and what it means to you would also be very welcome for all entries. Photo files must be high resolution of at least 300dpi for photographic reproduction. You won’t be contacted for any other reason than to be told you are short-listed or are our winner.

Chapter House vaulting The famous West Front by night View from Lady to Chapel West

Terms & Conditions

By entering the competition you are confirming that the picture you enter is your own original image and that Wells Cathedral has the right to use and display your image for marketing and promotional purposes using whatever platform and medium they choose. Your details will not be passed onto any 3rd party and will not be used by Wells Cathedral for any purpose other than automatic subscription to our monthly newsletter from which you can unsubscribe at any time.

Photo canvas – Wells Cathedral can only ship this to UK destinations. Whilst every effort will be taken to ensure safe delivery Wells Cathedral cannot accept any liability for damage during transit.

Wells Cathedral café voucher details – to be presented in the café at the till in exchange for food and drink including alcohol, up to the total value of £40.00. Voucher is valid until 30 October 2017.

High Street stores voucher – winner can select from a voucher for John Lewis, M&S, Post Office or Amazon. There is no cash alternative and the voucher will be valid for a minimum of two years.

Good luck!