Rob Bradley is the centre manager of Castle Quarter, Norwich – and he also happens to be is a keen amateur photographer. With the launch of a new photo competition, asking people to share their favourite images of the county in the lead up to Norfolk Day, he reveals some of his favourite picture perfect places
Norfolk is a dream county for any photographer, with big open skies, beautiful beaches, pretty country villages, historic towns, famous landmarks and a rich variety of wildlife and natural beauty spots to snap. And in the lead up to Norfolk Day, which takes place on 27 July, Castle Quarter in Norwich is running a photo competition asking people to share their favourite images of the county.
When Rob Bradley is not busy being centre manager, he is known to be a keen photographer in his spare time. He says: ‘I enjoy photography as it is a mix of technique and art. Having the best camera doesn’t always result in the best picture, being in the right place and having a good eye is far more important. There is an old saying that the best camera for any job is the one you have on you.’
Open to professionals, amateurs, phone snappers and everyone in-between, the aim is to curate a stunning gallery of shots of Norfolk, taken by the people of Norfolk, for visitors to Castle Quarter to enjoy.
‘Norfolk is a really beautiful county with stunning coastal scenes, the Norfolk Broads, forests, rolling countryside, and in contrast really urban environments and lots of lots of historic architecture,’ adds Rob.
‘We’re really lucky to have so many incredible photo opportunities in Norfolk, from the seals at Blakeney, to the instantly recognisable Happisburgh lighthouse, the River Wensum winding through Norwich, to the vibrancy of Great Yarmouth’s colourful seafront. To mark Norfolk Day and celebrate all that’s wonderful and diverse about our county, we’re asking people to share their favourite photos so we can create a gallery showing Norfolk at its best from every angle.’
Does he have a favourite spot? Rob says: ‘Earlham Park is one of my favourite spots, for its architecture, flowers, trees and insects, but I equally enjoy taking photos of traffic trails at night of the A47.’
All photo entries will be shared in a special Norfolk Day gallery on the Castle Quarter website and the best eight will go on display in Castle Quarter’s Norfolk Day gallery from 27 July. The photographers of the eight winning shots will also receive a £20 gift card for the Castle Quarter store of their choice.
Last year, the winning eight photos in the Castle Quarter Norfolk Day competition included shots capturing poppy fields, sandy coastlines, and peaceful countryside scenes.
To enter the Norfolk Day Competition either: submit on the Castle Quarter website; email your photo to firstname.lastname@example.org with ‘Norfolk Day Photo Entry’ in the subject; or drop your printed photo off at the management office in Castle Quarter in A3 format. Please remember to include your name and contact number/email on the back. The competition closes for entries on July 22 and competition terms and conditions can be found here.