PHOTOGRAPHERS CHALLENGED TO PUT MERSEYSIDE IN THE FRAME
Photograph above by Chris Howe
has thrown down a challenge to photographers on Merseyside; beat the
rest of the country with a winning local photograph. Not one
photograph from the area featured in last year’s Take a View
The search to find the best photography of the British landscape and
that of the rail network is on. Entry for the Take a view -
Landscape Photographer of the Year Awards 2011 is now open.
For the second year, Network Rail is supporting this national
competition where amateurs and professional photographers can
showcase the very best imagery of Britain’s beautiful rural and
urban scenery and compete for the top prize of £10,000. The
competition, now in its fifth year, is the idea of renowned
landscape photographer, Charlie Waite, and the best images will be
showcased at an exhibition at the National Theatre in London.
An additional prize will be given for the best photography of
Britain’s rail network – The Network Rail ‘Lines in the
Landscape’ Special Award. The winner will receive a weekend
break and a guided tour of the Severn Rail Tunnel’s Sudbrook Pumping
Station, including travelling down the 180ft lift shaft to the
complex of underground culverts, sub -tunnels where you can safely
observe the trains as they pass.
David Higgins, Network Rail chief executive said:- “Every day
for over a century the railway has helped people travel across the
length and breadth of Britain. Those journeys can take people across
spectacular structures such as the Forth Bridge and Ribblehead
viaduct and where people can experience truly amazing views of the
countryside and our cities. Network Rail has the special duty of
protecting and promoting this legacy as well as building a modern
rail network for the 21st century. We are proud to continue to
support this competition, and even more so to have a special award
for the best photography of our rail network. Travelling by rail is
becoming ever more popular, and we hope that, through this
competition, even more people will recognise its importance in
Awards founder, Charlie Waite added:- “Train travel really is
one of my favourite things. The longer journeys give you time to
think and reflect, very like the quiet time that you can experience
when creating a photograph. The ever -changing and inspirational
views from the window provide the perfect break from daily life and
the constant maintenance needed to keep the infrastructure in good
repair is easy to forget. Looking through the railway images last
year was a great pleasure and I am really looking forward to seeing
this year’s entries.”
Last year, the Lines in the Landscape award received over 500
entries from all over the country, and Network Rail is keen to
encourage more interest this year. The winner of the 2010 award was
Chris Howe from Hitchin in Hertfordshire with a photograph of a
speeding train going through Grindleford station in the Peak
District. the picture is the one at the start of this report.
Entrants have until midday on the 15 July 2011, to enter the 2011
award by submitting their photographs of the British landscape. The
competition is open to everyone and, for the first time this year,
you can enter up to 25 photographs across the four categories. There
is an exciting prize fund worth £20,000, including £10,000 for the
overall winner. There is also a special class for those under 16.
All entries to the award must be uploaded via the competition
website and the closing
date is 15 July 2011. Entry fees apply. Full terms and conditions
can be found on the site.
The exhibition of the winning and commended entries will be on show
at the National Theatre in London from 5 December 2011 and will also
appear in a coffee table book.
The prize for the Network Rail
‘Lines in the Landscape’ Award will be a unique opportunity
for the winner + one guest to visit the Severn Rail Tunnel’s
Sudbrook Pumping Station. This historic station was built to pump
water from the tunnel, including that from the Great Spring, which
was discovered during tunnel construction in the late 19th century.
The pumps now remove an average of 15 million gallons of water each
day. The winner will receive special guided tour of the facility
(not open to the general public) including travelling down the 180ft
lift shaft to the complex of underground culverts, sub-tunnels where
you can safely observe the trains, as they pass.
The trip will include first class rail travel to Bristol/South Wales
from within the UK and accommodation in twin/double room on a
apply depending on availability. The trip may not be taken on
Bank/Public Holidays and must be taken by 30 June 2011). Meals and
transport to & from stations are not included.
The Severn Rail
Tunnel’s Sudbrook Pumping Station Tour will be provided by Network
Rail and the travel and accommodation by Take a view.
If the winning image is from a ‘Youth’ category, the
prize will be arranged via the winning photographer’s
Time running out to complete Census
running out for people in Liverpool to fill in their Census forms
and avoid the risk of prosecution. The deadline for filling in the
document is Friday, 6 May 2011. Forms can be returned by post,
or online at:-
census.gov.uk. The message to
the public is:- “Don’t be the one who forgets – or you could
face a court appearance and a fine.” Census
investigators have started hitting the streets targeting households
who have still not returned their form, and will be conducting
interviews under caution with those who are refusing to fill it in.
ONS Census Director Glen Watson said:- “We are now in the
final phase of follow-up and people need to act straight away to
avoid the risk of a fine. We realise people lead busy lives and
completing their census might not be top of their ‘to do’ list, but
the time to act is now. Where people refuse to complete their form a
formal investigation is undertaken and they can be interviewed under
caution, evidence gathered and those details passed to the Crown
Prosecution Service. A court hearing, a criminal record and a fine
of up to £1,000 may follow.” Over 3 quarters of the
population in England and Wales have already completed and returned
their census questionnaires, but there are still householders in
Liverpool that have not done so. During the last Census, only
89% of households in Liverpool returned the document, compared to a
national average of 94 percent. It is estimated that the city’s
population was underestimated by over 10,000 people – meaning it
lost out on over £150 million in funding over the decade. The amount
of money that public services such as the police, fire, ambulance,
the NHS and the council receive is based upon the city’s population,
so it is vital it is as accurate as possible. Anyone who has
not yet received a questionnaire, or needs help, should call the
helpline on:- 0300 0201 101.
A BRAKE ON SPEED THIS MAY
being urged to cut their speed this May as part of a campaign to
reduce road deaths and casualties in Merseyside. In the last
five years 244 people have been killed or seriously injured on the
roads in May compared to 222 people in April and 231 people in June.
Last year was the first May since 2006 that saw a reduction in the
number of people killed or seriously injured on the roads with 23
casualties compared to 59 in 2009, 56 in 2008, 51 in 2007 and 55 in
Sergeant Paul Mountford said:- "The month of May often sees an
increase in the number of casualties on the roads of Merseyside with
the two bank holidays and warmer weather so we were delighted to see
a fall in casualties last May, which we believe was due to a
combination of enforcement and education. This May we will have a
high number of officers policing the roads to try to continue this
reduction and ensure our message of safe driving is heard."
Each May the force sees a rise in collisions involving multiple
passengers in the cars of young drivers aged between 17 and 25.
Sgt Mountford added:- "We have been doing a lot of work with
young drivers who are at the highest risk of being involved in a
collision due to their lack of experience and their perception that
they are invincible. This month we will be speaking to young people
and their parents as well as handing out information leaflets in a
bid to educate them further about safe driving and the importance of
not becoming distracted while at the wheel, in particular when their
friends are in the car. Just one moment's lack of concentration can
result in catastrophic consequences."
May's campaign by the Road Policing Department forms part of the
monthly campaigns carried out to make Merseyside a safe place for
all drivers, cyclists and pedestrians.
Hot-spot roads for collisions have been
Poulton Road, Borough
Road and the A41 in Wirral,
A565, A5191 and the Coastal Road in Sefton
A580 in Knowsley
A580, A58, A570 and Crank Road in St Helens
A5036 in north Liverpool
A561 in south Liverpool
Advice to Motorists
Make sure you know
the limit on the road you are using - missing the sign is no excuse.
Look for the signs - if there is none but there are streetlights,
the speed limit is 30mph, and that includes dual carriageways.
Keep glancing at your speedometer at regular intervals throughout
your journey - regular checks will not affect your concentration.
Remember that speed limits are a maximum, not a recommendation. In
some conditions the safe speed will be less than the limit - amend
your speed accordingly.
Built up areas can be especially unpredictable; children or animals
might run into the road, or a car might pull out in front of you -
stay alert and check your speed.
Remember that it is every driver's responsibility to know the speed
limits and remain within them at all times.
Parents should be
reminded of the vital role that they play. If they exceed the speed
limits then their sons and daughters are likely to do the same.
Latest - Whats On At The Southport British Armed Forces Weekend 2011
British Armed Forces weekend will be hold on Princes Park on the 25
June 2011. So far we know that the event will have the following in
attendance:- RAF CAREERS; RAFBF;
RAF POLICE ASSOC; SOUTHPORT ST JOHN AMBULANCE; SOUTHPORT ATC;
SOUTHPORT ARMY CADETS; SOUTHPORT SEA CADETS; SOUTHPORT LIFEBOAT;
SOUTHPORT FIRE BRIGADE; SOUTHPORT ROTARY; SOUTHPORT ROUND TABLE;
SOUTHPORT ROYAL BRITISH LEGION; FORMBY BRITISH LEGION; RBL RIDERS
BRANCH; CROSBY FIRE ENGINE MUSEUM; RNLI; ABF PAINTBALL; ROYAL
MILITARY POLICE; 4 PARA RECRUITMENT; IRISH GUARDS; 108 FIELD
HOSPITAL; ARMY CAREERS TEAM; REME RECRUITMENT; DUKE OF LANCASTERS;
103 ROYAL ARTILLERY; 156 TRANSPORT REGT; THE RIFLES; ARMY VINTAGE
VEHICLES; BAND (ALOCATED); CHORLEY ATC BAND; SUPPORT OUR SOLDIERS;
HELP FOR HEROES; GURKHA WELFARE TRUST; BROUGHTON HOUSE; ROYAL
ARTILLERY PARACHUTE TEAM; RA LIGHT GUN DISPLAY; MERSEYSIDE MOUNTED
POLICE PAT AND CHAT; CENTRAL STUDIOS; CHILDREN’S FAIRGROUND RIDES;
INFLATABLES; PAINTBALL; ARCHERY; FOOTBALL SHOOTOUT BY SOUTHPORT FC;
RED CROSS; BANDS; DANCETROOPS; MD TRAVEL VEHICLES; TINY TANKS.