Keen amateur photographers are being invited to capture a unique angle on Coventry as part of the UK City of Culture 2021 bid.
The ‘Eyes on Cov’ competition will give ten photographers the chance to use specialist working at height equipment to capture views of the city from up high.
Their ideas will be turned into reality by The Wigley Group who will supply the lifts which are normally used for construction projects.
After submitting their best photos from height, one winner will be chosen and will get to spend a day with award-winning Coventry photographer Jason Scott Tilley.
Laura McMillan, manager of the Coventry City of Culture Trust said: “Over the years, Coventry is a city which has had to reinvent itself countless times. It’s a place which – still today – is constantly rethinking what a city is for.”
“After the Second World War, the city which gave birth to modernism and attracted followers around the world with its revolutionary architecture.”
“Through our UK City of Culture bid we hope all eyes will again be on Coventry.”
“We’re calling all amateur photographers to join us in showing Coventry in a different light –in fact showing it from a completely different angle.”
“A huge part of our bid is about promoting the diverse cultural scene in Coventry including many aspects which don’t always enjoy much publicity.”
“In the same way this competition will give everyone a chance to capture a hidden or new take on our fantastic city.”
When choosing which applications to take forward, consideration will be given to the strength of the idea and the feasibility of the chosen location.
The competition was the brainchild of James Ellerington, The Wigley Group’s Head of Asset Management.
He said: “The Wigley Group is proud to call Coventry home and as soon as we heard about the UK City of Culture bid we wanted to show our support.”
“In the course of our facilities management work we are often required to work on top of buildings or use specialist lifts which give us a completely different view of the area we’re operating in.”
“In fact it was working on top of the Belgrade Plaza building one morning earlier in the year – with a view of the city that no one else would be able to access – that I had the idea for the competition.”
“As a company we regularly use working at height equipment such as boom, trailer mounted and scissor lifts as part of our facilities management service and I realised we could also use our training and expertise to give photographers a really unique view of the city.”
“I’m really looking forward to seeing the photographs and hope they can be used to illustrate to the wider world why Coventry deserves to be City of Culture 2021.”
For more details and to make an application to use the specialist equipment go to www.coventry2021.co.uk/news. The closing date for applications is Friday November 4th 2016.
The Wigley Group director James Davies with Juliet Colley, bid assistant at Coventry City of Culture Trust, and one of the lifts which ten selected photographers will have the chance to use to capture views of the city.