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Photography competition has

World Heritage theme

October, 2020

November 30 marks the 20th anniversary of Blaenavon achieving World Heritage Status, and to celebrate, the Council’s 2020 photography competition will have a World Heritage theme.

We were delighted with the response to our first competition, ‘Secret Blaenavon’, and were treated to some wonderful images of places we don’t all know so well.

This year, we’re asking the question ‘what does World Heritage look like to you?’  The town was awarded the status by UNESCO because of its unique industrial heritage.


On its website UNESCO says: “The major preserved sites of Blaenavon Ironworks and Big Pit, together with the outstanding relict landscape of mineral exploitation, manufacturing, transport, and settlement which surrounds them, provide an extraordinarily comprehensive picture of all the crucial elements of the industrialisation process.”


So we’re asking for your pictures of what, for you, best represents that status – it could be something obvious, like Big Pit or the Ironworks; or something more subtle, like a ‘hidden’ piece of the landscape. 


Don’t forget that the boundary stretches down as far as Llanfoist, where wrought iron was taken from the forge to the Brecon and Monmouthshire Canal for transport to other parts of Britain and the world; and to Cwmavon, which in the early 1800s had a satellite forge linked with Blaenavon Ironworks – hence the construction of Forge Row.


For full details of the status, visit: https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/984/


Prizes are £200 for first place, £100 for second and £50 for third, with under-16 prizes of £75, £50 and £25.  There will also be seven commended images.


The intention is to present the winners with their prizes at the Council’s annual Civic Awards evening in April 2021, with the winning and commended entries displayed in an exhibition at the World Heritage Centre.

Terms and conditions apply – please see document click-here