GIVE US your best shots – that’s the call from the Guild Chapel as it launches a photography competition aiming to capture the essence of the building and its ongoing conservation.

Entries are invited in three categories – professional, amateur and under 16s with prizes in each category. The winners will be awarded vouchers for software and photography equipment, with the amateur getting professional tuition. The best entries also going on display in the Chapel in October.

The brief is to capture the essence of the Guild Chapel in relation to conservation and the challenges and rewards it encompasses.

Entry is free and the competition is open until August 16th.

Entries should be printed and delivered in their finished state to: Pippa Brook, Stratford Town Trust, 14 Rother Street, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 6LU. They should be a minimum size of 6x4inches.

The Chapel, which forms part of the estate of Stratford Town Trust, is one of Stratford’s oldest and most important historic buildings, dating back to the 13th Century.

Its rich history includes a very rare series of internationally-significant medieval wall paintings. Applied in the late 15th Century using money left in the will of Hugh Clopton, they were limewashed over in the 16th Century following the English Reformation. And it was John Shakespeare – father of the playwright and the then Chamberlain of Stratford – who acted on the Royal order.

These paintings, uncovered hundreds of years later, are now the subject of an award-winning conservation project, bringing the Chapel’s past back to life.

“What we have preserved here is incredibly special,” Pippa Brook, Volunteer Coordinator for the Guild Chapel said.

“This competition is about capturing that – capturing the very essence of our Chapel and what its conservation means. We look forward to receiving entries from all keen photographers out there, whether they are professionals or just starting out, and we can’t wait to exhibit their work later in the year too.”

For the full competition rules and more information please go to: www.guildchapel.org.uk