19 January 2017

Your photo - transformed

Rennie Grove Hospice Care is launching a photo competition with a difference. TheBeaconsfield Winter Scene charity is asking people to capture local landmarks and easily recognisable features in towns across Bucks and Herts, six of which will be transformed into Christmas cards for 2017 by a specialist artist.

Director of Retail at Rennie Grove, Deborah Gould, explains: “We always like to offer our supporters a wide range of Christmas card designs and in 2016 we brought back the local scenes based on our customers’ feedback.  They’ve proved really popular and for 2017 we’d like to have half a dozen scenes showcasing well-known towns or landmarks across the area in which we nurse.

“Sales of Christmas cards bring in enough to fund a nurse for 18 months. As we rely so much on members of our community to fund our service, we thought it would be a nice touch to feature pictures based on photos taken by them.”

It may seem a little early to be thinking about Christmas, but Deborah has to choose her Christmas cards early in the New Year so they can be printed and packaged ready for sale from September.

Deborah adds: “You don’t have to be an amazing photographer to take part.  We’re not looking for creative compositions or artistic angles – just the recognisable views, buildings or high streets that we all know and love - and that you think other local people will want to see on a Christmas card.”

The best-selling scenes in 2016 were St Albans’ cathedral and the duck pond surrounded by shops in Chalfont St Giles.

An artist will use the winning photos as the basis for a painting of that same scene, adding festive touches and other details.  If your photo is chosen, your name will be printed on the back of each card featuring the painting based on your shot.

Photos can be taken on phones or cameras and should be submitted by email to cardcomp@renniegrove.org before 5pm on Friday 17 February.  A panel of judges will select six photos at the end of February.  Visit www.renniegrove.org/cardcomp for full details.