Window With A View Competition
Window With A View is back!
After capturing the imagination of the UK’s photography and tourism fans in 2016, the Window with a View competition has returned for another year and we want YOU to enter.
2016 saw hundreds of entries from some of the country’s best-loved attractions, hotels, restaurants and beauty spots – including last year’s winner Museum of Liverpool, St Paul’s Cathedral, Blackpool Tower, Edinburgh Castle, The Shard, Titanic Belfast.
Back for a second year, Window with a View once again calls on anyone enjoying a spectacular view from a building open to the public to upload a photograph telling us why it’s so special.
Entry is free, and nominations run from Tuesday 21st February 2017 to Sunday 30th April 2017.
Entering and judging
Nominations are now open for MyGlazing’s Window with a View competition – and it couldn’t be easier to get involved. Simply take a photo of a window with a view on your phone, tablet or digital camera and then enter your details in the form on the right-hand side of this page and upload your picture.
The window with a view can be from any building or attraction that is open to the general public – so whether you love a view from a hotel, B&B, pub, restaurant, bar, museum, gallery, church, amusement park, zoo, library or castle window we want to know! Just be sure to include the window frame within your image.
Nominations are open from Monday 20th February 2017 to Sunday 30th April 2017. Once closed, expert judges will select the four best views from each region. Voting for the regional winners, which takes place online, will open in June 2017 and close in July 2017. The view which receives the most votes from each region will be crowned the Region’s Best Window with a View, and will then be put forward into the national final. In September 2017, voting will begin to decide the national winner. In October 2017, the view with the most votes will be crowned Britain’s Best Window with a View.
The judging panel, made up of industry experts, will be looking for creativity, imagination and a view that tells a story. They want to be wowed, so make sure your view is truly extraordinary – the more interesting, the better. For information on what must be included in your image, see our rules section.
As well as celebrating Britain’s best views, we hope this competition will encourage you to think about the benefits of modern, clear and energy efficient glazing. If your own windows with a view in your home need some TLC or updating, please see how the Glass and Glazing Federation Members can help.
Here at MyGlazing we’re all about the taking part, having fun and getting creative. As well as celebrating and promoting all of our regional and national Window with a View winners, we also want to give a little thank you to those of you who get involved in this campaign.
For both the regional and national voting stages, we’ll randomly select one person who has voted to win a great prize. From a Go Pro kit to a Fuji Instax, Window with a View has some fantastic prizes lined up. You’ve got to be in it, to win it – so get involved!
And the prize for the location crowned the UK’s Best Window with a View? Pride, and a lot of glory.
The window must be framed: Whether it’s wood, steel, stone, bricks or plastic – the area surrounding the window must be included in the picture. By including the frame, your picture should be able to tell us something about the building – how old it is, where it’s located, or what it’s used for (or used to be used for!). Use the window frame to tell us a story. Photos taken through glass doors won’t be accepted.
There’s no need for glass: Believe it or not, a window doesn’t have to contain glass or Perspex to be classed as a window. ‘Window’ refers to an opening in a wall, roof or vehicle – so if your view isn’t through glass that doesn’t matter, as long as it’s framed.
The view must be spectacular: We’re looking for beautiful, unusual, interesting and surprising views which have the WOW factor. The more unique and eye-catching, the better. If there are people within your picture, they must be unidentifiable.
The building must be open to the public: When you take your picture, you must be in a location any member of the public could access. Whether it’s a pub in the middle of nowhere or the country’s busiest zoo – we want to share with the public the views they’re missing out on. (If you think the view from your house is pretty cool, follow us on Twitter [link to Twitter page] – we’ll be announcing details of another competition that’s right up your street soon!)
Multiple nominations: Think your favourite view deserves to win above any other in the country? Get your family and friends to nominate it too. If a view from an attraction receives multiple nominations it’s clearly very popular, so it’ll work in its favour! And remember, if you work at a building or attraction that is open to the public and want to nominate your own window with a view, you’re very welcome to!
Please don’t edit your photos: We want to see genuine images of windows with a view, so where possible refrain from entering images that have been filtered or edited. Your images can have people in them, but please try to make them non identifiable.
Head of Group Marketing and Communications at the Glass and Glazing Federation (GGF) | www.ggf.org.uk
With over 20 years’ marketing management experience gained in manufacturing, media, art publishing and retail, James started with the GGF in 2011 with a remit to grow and develop the GGF brand in all markets across the glazing industry as well as in the political and broader construction sector.
A Chartered Marketer and active Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) Member, James is a judge for the Construction Marketing Awards and is part of the CIM Construction Industry Group. In the last five years, the GGF has seen significant growth in its online audience through prolific digital product development on the GGF’s web platforms.
Director at ALVA | www.alva.org.uk
Bernard Donoghue has held the position of Director of ALVA – the Association of Leading Visitor Attractions – since September 2011, having previously worked as the Head of Government and Public Affairs for VisitBritain, the national tourist board, between 1997 and 2010.
He was a Board Director of Marketing Manchester, 2001 – 2010, and Chairman of VisitManchester, the Manchester tourist board, 2008 – 2010. He was founder and Co-Chair of British Tourism Week, 2008 – 2010, launching the initiative and securing the patronage of HRH The Prince of Wales.
In July 2015 he was elected Chairman of the Tourism Alliance, which ALVA was instrumental in founding in 2001. It is the representative body for over 200,000 businesses across the whole of the tourism sector in England; from airlines and airports, cities and destinations, the hospitality industry, restaurants, attractions, B&Bs, caravan parks and business conferences and events. Between 2014 and 2015 he was Deputy Chairman of the Tourism Alliance.
Bernard is a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts (FRSA), a Fellow of the Tourism Society (FTS), Fellow of WWF-UK, a Member of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (MCIPR) and lives in London.
Creative Director at The Gifted Few | www.thegiftedfew.com
As Creative Director of interior and homeware boutique The Gifted Few, Aaron has a keen eye for design and detail. He searches across the UK and Europe to source authentic industrial and vintage lighting, furniture and homeware, as well as contemporary soft furnishings, kitchenware, prints and home accessories from some of the most talented new designers and craftspeople.
Passionate about quality and accessible design and interiors, The Gifted Few is a firm favourite with homeowners and businesses, including those in the retail and leisure sectors.
Aaron has also worked with mainstream TV shows and film production companies, providing props and accessories for on set.
Architectural Photographer | http://www.eriksenphoto.com
London based photographic practice working across the architecture, art and design communities both in the UK and abroad. Ståle photographs buildings, architectural scale models and still life for a wide range of clients and is a long-standing regular contributor to Architect’s Journal.
Partner at Hawkins\Brown | www.hawkinsbrown.com
Hawkins\Brown is an internationally-renowned award winning practice of over 200 architects, interior designers, urban designers and researchers. Founded in 1988, they bring a wealth of experience designing and delivering innovative and socially sustainable buildings across multiple sectors.
People are at the heart of everything they do, from their design approach to the way they run their studio. Their designers bring a fresh and collaborative approach to each new design challenge, creating places with personality and purpose that are well-made, well-used and well-loved.
Katie has recently relocated to head up Hawkins\Brown’s Manchester Studio and has worked for Hawkins\Brown for 13 years.
Terms & Conditions
- Voting for the regional heat of the Window with a View competition closes at 9pm on 29th July 2016
- Regional winners will be contacted during week commencing 1st August 2016. This information will be embargoed, and should not be shared with the public until national voting commences
- A prize draw will take place week commencing 1st August, to select a random voter from the regional heat who will be awarded a prize for their participation. There is no cash equivalent available for the value of the prize
- Announcement of regional winners and the start of national voting will commence on 8th August 2016. The announcement will be made via MyGlazing’s website and social media channels, and media activity
- National voting will close at 9pm on Friday 9th September 2016
- The national winner and building crowned UK’s Best Window with a View will be informed on Monday 12th September 2016. This information will be embargoed until Tuesday 13th September 2016, when MyGlazing.com will announce the result of the competition to the public via its website and social media channels, and via media activity
- The title of UK’s Best Window with a View is registered to the building/attraction, and not the individual took the photo