Scarborough Civic Society


Throughout the country civic societies are this year celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of the start of Conservation Areas and Scarborough is no exception. The Society has decided in conjunction with Scarborough News to hold a photographic competition which is open to all.

Conservation Areas are zones which help to give the town its unique character and attractiveness. This uniqueness takes various forms, such as a group of significant buildings or an area which is famous (or even notorious!) for a particular reason, such as a fisherman’s quarter or the site of some historical event.

Large swathes of Scarborough are within its Conservation Areas, but photographs of anything in the town are valid for this competition. It is not a competition for the most perfect photograph and entries are just as valid whether taken on expensive professional equipment or the most inexpensive phone camera.

We did the judging for the photographic competition on the 19th of June and the results were as follows:
Winner of the £100 prize for under 16 year olds: Oliver Todd with is entry “The mystery of the sea” which featured the wreck of The Vivid which sank in 1888.
Winner of the £100 prize for adults : Graham Steele with his entry “A little bit of York by the sea” which featured East Sandgate.
The judges also wished to give a commendation to Daniel Spink and Barbara Bateman for their excellent entries.
The standard of entries was very high and the wonderful photographs showed that Scarborough is a beautiful historic town and highlighted the importance of the Conservation Areas which provide some protection to the infrastructure.

Many thanks to the judges who were Andrew Clay, Director of Woodend Creative and Mark Smith, artist and art restorer.