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Thursday, 28 April 2016

Powys War Memorials Project: Free Photography Competition 2016

There are 2590 recorded war memorials in Wales ranging from free-standing monuments and sculptural masterpieces to simple plaques in chapels, churches, schools, post offices and banks. Collectively, they are by far the largest body of public memorials in Wales with examples in almost all communities. Although there are examples from earlier conflicts, especially the South African War (1899─1902), most memorials were erected in the 1920s and were usually paid for by local subscription. A good selection of these have been photographed by the Royal Commission for Coflein, our online database and Cadw’s handbook “Caring for War Memorials in Wales” 2014.

Powys County Council has secured funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), Cadw (Welsh Government) and the Brecon Beacons National Park Authority for the Powys War Memorials Project 2014-2018: A Mark of Respect. This project commemorates the centenary of World I and is now holding a World War I memorial photography competition as part of the project. Nathan Davies, the Powys War Memorials Project Officer explains, “We know of about 300 war memorials in Powys ranging from stone crosses to stained glass windows, plaques to statues. However, there are likely to be considerably more than this. One aim of the project is to find, record and catalogue all the World War I memorials in the county. All you need to do is find a war memorial, take a photograph of it, complete the entry form and email it to us. That’s it ! You’ll be commemorating the centenary of World War 1 and will have the chance to win a share of the £200 prize fund.”

This competition is free to enter, has two entry categories: one for young people, one for adults. The closing date for the competition is Friday 10th June 2016. For further information please visit the project website page or contact Nathan Davies for more information:

Phone: 01597 827 597
Powys County Council, The Gwalia, Ithon Road, Llandrindod Wells, Powys. LD1 6AA

Judges of the competition include Iain Wright, former Royal Commission photographer, as well as representatives from the Church in Wales and the Royal British Legion.

Builth Wells war memorial NPRN: 419416, DS2013_438_003
Located on a prominent site at the entrance to the Groe, the memorial at Builth incorporates figures representing the army, navy, air force and merchant navy.

Montgomeryshire war memorial NPRN: 32916, DS2013_514_002
The County War Memorial sited on the summit of Town Hill, Montgomery, is a prominent feature of the landscape and can be seen from miles around.

Rhayader war memorial clock tower NPRN: 32982, DS2013_440_003
Patriotic iconography at Rhayader War Memorial Clock Tower depicts the Welsh dragon defeating the German imperial eagle.

Twyn-y-garth gun NPRN: 437, DS2013_515_001
One of Wales’ most evocative war memorials at Twyn-y-Garth. The memorial is a  First World War German 105 mm leichte Feldhaubitzer placed on a hill and secured in concrete, The gun was fully restored in 2001 as a millennium commemoration.

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