Competition: WIN a place on a one-off North West Photography Course

Stevie Mackenzie-Smith

Enter to win a place on a North West Beginners Photography course, created especially for Creative Tourist readers.

This is a photography course with a difference. “Most photography courses head off to a National Trust property,” says Nigel Sarbutts of North West Photography Courses. This one, however, begins and ends at the cosy Pack Horse Inn in Birtle, taking in the surrounding countryside, only half an hour’s drive from Manchester. Already you’ve got a striking picture, even before you’ve reached for your camera. It’s a three hour workshop for people who want to venture away from the comfort of their camera’s auto setting and learn the principles of composing striking images.

The course starts with a tutorial over a coffee to introduce you to the settings on your camera and the golden rules of composing a good shot. Then you’ll venture out into the surrounding countryside, where Greater Manchester meets Lancashire, with the chance of being inspired by woodland scenery and possibly visiting a local riding stable. It’s a relaxed and informal session, aimed at building your confidence in your ability to see and take photographs that stand out. There are 12 places available on Saturday 26 July exclusively for Creative Tourist readers, with the workshop starting at 9.30am – which means that you’ll have time to chat as you explore the area and take in the world through a lens.

For a chance to win a place on the course, all you have to do is fill in the form below – the winner will be picked at random at on Thursday 10 July. Please note you will be spending time outdoors on country footpaths so it’s worth checking the weather forecast and dressing accordingly.


Terms and Conditions: The winner will be the first correct entry selected at random from all correct entries received. No purchase necessary. No cash alternative given. Employees of North West Photography, Creative Tourist and associated companies are not eligible to enter. The judge’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. Winners will be notified as soon as possible after the closing date. Only one entry per person. We apologise for the fact we are unable to post prizes outside of the UK. Entrants will automatically be added to the Creative Tourist mailing list – don’t worry, we never share data and we promise not to bombard you with endless emails. Closing date: Thursday 10 July.

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