Photo competition to find image capturing town’s spirit

THE WAY WE WERE: A photo of Stephenson's Place, Chesterfield, taken in 1914 from the Frith Collection. Copyright The Francis Frith Collection ' www.francisfrith.com'.
THE WAY WE WERE: A photo of Stephenson's Place, Chesterfield, taken in 1914 from the Frith Collection. Copyright The Francis Frith Collection ' www.francisfrith.com'.

THE HUNT is on to find the image that best captures the spirit of life in Chesterfield today, with the launch of a special photo competition

The work of Chesterfield’s world-famous Victorian photographer, Francis Frith is being celebrated in a new BBC TV series, which starts next week.

The pioneering photographer founded a publishing company with the aim of making the first photographic record of every city, town and village in Britain. Those images, taken by Frith (and later his team) between 1860 and 1970, are a unique record of the changing face of Britain.

TV’s John Sergeant is celebrating Frith’s work in the series Britain’s First Photo Album, which starts on BBC2, at 6.30pm on 12 March.

To mark the series which includes an episode focusing on Frith’s home-town shots in Chesterfield and Derbyshire, we’re looking for a modern day version of the famous photographer.

We’ve teamed up with Chesterfield Museum and Destination Chesterfield to launch a new photo competition.

We’re inviting people of all ages to take a shot on their cameras or mobile phones which they feel best captures the spirit of life today - just as Frith did in the 19th century.

Entries will be put on display in Chesterfield Museum, before a shortlist of the best is drawn up.

Visitors will be asked to vote for their favourite and the winner will be announced at the museum’s family history weekend event May 5-7.

The winner will receive a framed print of their photo plus a workshop with a professional photographer from the Derbyshire Times.

The closing date is 5pm on April 9 and entries can be emailed via museum@chesterfield.gov.uk or posted to Chesterfield Museum, St. Marys Gate Chesterfield S41 7TD. Alternatively, you can upload entries at http://www.flickr.com/groups/chesterfield/

Please note, emailed images must be less than 10mb.

Entrants agree for their photos to be used on display and in publicity material.