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Dudley residents are urged to get snapping and enter a Black Country wide photography competition.

The Black Country UNESCO Global Geopark recently launched the photography competition, which runs until Friday September 16.

With a number of the geo sites falling within Dudley borough including national and local nature reserves, miles of canals, a glass cone and medieval castle, there’s plenty to photograph.

The aim of the competition is to celebrate the Black Country and its unique geological cultural and heritage and to showcase it locally, nationally and internationally in the lead up to International Geodiversity Day on the October 6.

One overall winner and three runners up will be selected by of the Mayors of the four Black Country local authorities. Prizes for the overall winner include a family pass for Dudley zoo and Castle and a trip into the singing cavern and Dudley Canal and Tunnel trust.

Eight additional entries will be highly commended and they will be chosen by representatives from the geopark’s partner organisations.
All 12 entries will be displayed at the geopark’s headquarters (Dudley Museum at the Archives) and used as the ‘face of the geopark’ in its calendar for 2023.

People can send their entries to blackcountrygeopark@dudley.gov.uk. The closing date is Friday September 16 and the winner will be announced on the inaugural international geodiversity say on October 6.

The competition is open to all ages. Terms and conditions apply.

Councillor Simon Phipps, cabinet member for regeneration and enterprise, said:

There’s been a great response to the competition so far with a number of entries already submitted.
We would love to see our borough represented in the competition, so I’d urge Dudley residents to get out and about this summer and submit photos of our wonderful geo sites.
Let’s celebrate the significance of the borough’s geological and cultural contribution to the geopark.

Further details including terms and conditions can be found online

The geopark is led by all four Black Country authorities – Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall and Wolverhampton as well as key partners including Natural England, the Canal and River Trust, the Wildlife Trust For Birmingham and the Black Country and the Black Country Consortium.

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