Photography finalists see their work in new Boston visitor guide

Boston Visitor Guide photographic competition exhibition at oldrids.'L-R Christopher Lewis - one of the finalists, Niall Armstrong - BID manager, Nadine Lovell - assistant store manager.
Boston Visitor Guide photographic competition exhibition at oldrids.'L-R Christopher Lewis - one of the finalists, Niall Armstrong - BID manager, Nadine Lovell - assistant store manager.

Photograhers who saw their work chosen for the newly-released 2013 Boston visitor guide have taken part in an exhibition at Oldrids.

The official ‘Discover Boston’ visitor guide is being launched this week, and will be used as a tool to attract new visitors to the market town.

Central to the guide is its eye-catching photography. A competition was launched last year asking photographers to submit their best pictures of the town.

At the end of the competition, 16 images were shortlisted, with five being used in the guide.

Niall Armstrong, Boston Bid manager, said: “The new 2013 visitor guide is a key marketing tool which will help us tell people about what Boston has to offer.

“It’s full of information that visitors and residents will find helpful for a day visit or short break in Boston. It has everything from history and shopping right through to events, food and drink and a map of the town centre.

“Over 15,000 guides have been printed and will be distributed around the Boston district, the A1 corridor and Peterborough.”

He added: “We received some stunning photographs through the competition, with each one capturing a unique view of the town. The winning photographs, and a selection of the very best runners up, are now on displayed in Oldrids’ gallery on Straight Bargate.”

Lesley McGarry, from Oldrids, said: “The photographs are being displayed on the ground floor at the side of the escalator, and they are proving popular with shoppers. I’m really impressed with the skills of our local photographers because some of the pictures are stunning. I’m also pleased that Oldrids is able to supporting the competition and new visitor guide.

Chris Lewis’ photo of Boston Stump was shortlisted in the competition. He said: “I think my photo of the Stump is special because it shows the beauty of the iconic landmark at night and reflection of lights in water that look silky smooth. I decided to enter the competition to get some recognition for my photography and try to get my photo in the guide. I feel very proud and looking forward to seeing it in print.”

Boston College student Adam Haywood, currently studying a Level 3 Diploma in Photography, won a prize in two of the eight categories - first prize in ‘Markets’ and second prize in ‘Business Communities’. His picture of a ‘market place butcher’ is pictured here.

The Boston Visitor Economy Partnership is working to raise the profile of Boson and bring like-minded businesses from the area together to attract more visitors through joined up marketing activity.

The visitor guide was produced by KM Media with support from advertising, the Boston BID and Boston Borough Council.The photography competition was arranged by Boston Visitor Economy Partnership, with support from Boston BID, the Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce, and sponsored by Oldrids.