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Photo competition 2013 launched.

Did you get a new camera for Christmas or have one tucked away? Then it is time to put it through its paces from the banks of the Wey & Arun Canal.

The competition with the theme of "Life on the Wey & Arun Canal" is organised by the Wey & Arun Canal Trust (WACT) and winners will not only be in line for a prize but also get to see their work printed in the 2014 calendar.

The competition is free to enter and the theme was selected in a bid to inspire people to explore the people, places, flora and fauna that make up the canal environment, and also to share images that have been taken throughout the year.

The Trust hopes to use the best images to reflect the different seasons in the 2014 calendar, which will be sold to help raise funds for the continuing restoration work on the canal.

The deadline for entries to the photographic competition, which can be submitted as prints, on a CD or DVD or by email, is 28 February 2013 and winners will be announced this spring. Full details of the rules and submission criteria can be found at www.weyandarun.co.uk/WACT_PhotographicCompetition2013.pdf


The Wey & Arun Canal Trust

The 23-mile Wey & Arun Canal was built between 1813 and 1816 to link the Rivers Wey and Arun, thus forming an inland barge route between London and the south coast in order to provide a safe inland route for military supplies to the fleet in Portsmouth. However, after the Napoleonic Wars, it became a largely agricultural canal, carrying goods including coal, chalk, lime and farm produce. The coming of the railways finally sealed the canal's fate, the waterway being abandoned in 1871.

Since 1971, the Wey & Arun Canal Trust, a registered charity, has been working to re-open navigation along the waterway and, once fully restored, to again link Littlehampton on the south coast with the River Thames via the River Wey.

Last updated  Thursday, 3 January, 2013
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