Calling all Baldock photographers! A competition has been launched to find the town's best views, with a £250 prize up for grabs. 

McCarthy Stone, developer of retirement communities behind the Norton Place Retirement Living development on Icknield Way in Baldock, is looking to capture some of the architecture and culture in the area, so it can be enjoyed by its new and prospective homeowners.

The competition aims to showcase photographs of scenery, wildlife and landscapes taken by amateur photographers and members of the community that encapsulate their favourite views.

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These might be well-known views of architecture, or a scenic shot around the town. They could even be ‘best kept secrets’ or have a personal meaning.

Councillor Michael Muir, who was a professional photographer for 57 years, will judge the competition. The best photographs will be displayed in Norton Place and the winning entrant will receive £250.

The Comet: Norton Place retirement development on Icknield Way in BaldockNorton Place retirement development on Icknield Way in Baldock (Image: McCarthy Stone)

Sam Watkins, sales and marketing director at McCarthy Stone, said: “Whether you are having a stroll through the town centre or enjoying some of the beautiful landscapes around the town, there’s so many idyllic photo opportunities.

“It would be wonderful to see locals out exploring Baldock, using their cameras or phones to catch photographs of the town in all its splendour and enter the competition.

"Entrants are also welcome to submit any other images of the local area that they have taken over the past three months for consideration.”


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Each entrant is permitted to submit a maximum of five photos. These should be emailed to by the closing date of Friday, March 31 with ‘Baldock Photo Contest’ in the subject.

In your email you should include your full name and a title for your photograph and where it was taken. Images should be in jpg format, no larger than 3MB and landscape.

The competition is open to all ages. Under 16s must ask an adult’s permission.

Please ask permission of anyone who appears in your photo.