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Photos of Preston and beyond wanted for new Love from Lancashire calendar

Posted on - 5th June, 2021 - 7:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Charities, Fylde News, Health, Preston News, Ribble Valley News, South Ribble News, Wyre News
The winning photo of Hoghton Bottoms Pic: Shafiq Khan
The 2021 calendar competition’s winning photo, of Hoghton Bottoms Pic: Shafiq Khan

Mental health charity Lancashire Mind is relaunching its Love from Lancashire photography competition.

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Last year’s competition saw various Preston and South Ribble locations featuring in the calendar, which celebrates the beauty and diversity of Lancashire and the effect this can have on wellbeing.

The winning entry came from Shafiq Khan, who captured Hoghton Bottoms in South Ribble.

Another entry from Preston photographer Frazer Faulkner depicted sunset from Beacon Fell. A photo of a wintry Cuerden Valley Park by Steph Reece also featured.

Read more: Preston beauty spots to star in new Love from Lancashire charity calendar

Love from Lancashire was devised last year when England was in the midst of the first lockdown. It was created as a way to bring people together and showcase the diverse beauty of the county at a time when people were only able to venture out locally, and there were many places that people missed visiting. 

Fundraising Lead Emma Bateson said: “Love from Lancashire was such an uplifting, inclusive and inspiring competition in 2020 and we were overwhelmed with the response we got and the array of beautiful images from towns, cities, parks and country sides across the county. 

“Love from Lancashire is all about bringing people together to celebrate Lancashire whilst helping Lancashire Mind work towards our vision of Mental Wellbeing for All.

“Anyone can take part in the competition, whether you are new to photography or have been taking photos for years. You can use your phone, tablet or camera. The most important thing is getting outside, getting involved and enjoying it.  

“We want people to use the competition as an opportunity to ‘Take Notice’, which is one of the five ways to wellbeing.” 

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Lancashire Mind received hundreds of entries in 2020 for the competition enabling the charity to create the first ever Lancashire Mind calendar, which is now hanging in hundreds of homes and businesses across Lancashire and beyond.  

Emma added: “The calendar was a bigger success than we’d dare hope for and raised over £2,000 to help support the work that Lancashire Mind does to make a difference to the mental health of people living and working in Lancashire.”

The 2022 calendar competition is open until Friday 30 July, and is open to all ages and all abilities.

Entries should be posted on social media with the hashtag #LoveFromLancsMind.


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