Shakespearian Photography Competition

Shakespeare Birthplace Trust on the lookout for photos which reference Stratford’s favourite son

06 December 2013

People from around the world are being invited to take photos of the road names, cafes, buildings, which have a connection to the world’s most famous playwright. To celebrate a brand new exhibition which will welcome visitors to Shakespeare’s Birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon, the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust is on the lookout for photos which reference Stratford’s favourite son. A selection of photos will then be displayed as part of the charity’s new exhibition entitled Famous Beyond Words – Shakespeare all Around Us. A Pentax Q10 digital camera is also on offer for the best image.

Launching during Shakespeare’s 450th anniversary year in 2014, the new permanent introductory exhibition opens in March 2014 and will explore the extraordinary story of William Shakespeare, the boy from Stratford-upon-Avon who became a household name all over the world. It reveals how Shakespeare’s work has fascinated people of all ages and backgrounds for four centuries, and takes visitors on a journey back through time to discover what sparked Shakespeare’s imagination and how he continues to shape our lives today.

It replaces the current Life, Love & Legacy exhibition which will close on December 18 for the installation of the new exhibition.  The visitor reception area at the main entrance to Shakespeare’s Birthplace, which receives almost half a million visitors each year, will also be completely redesigned and refurbished at the same time.

Nic Fulcher, Interpretation Project Manager at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, said: “The new exhibition is about the influence of Shakespeare. How even after four hundred years his words, plays and characters go on inspiring.

“We want people from around the world to take photos of the road names, cafes, houses, anything which has a connection to the world’s most famous playwright, so we can collate a real picture of Shakespeare all around us.”

Images for the Famous Beyond Words competition can be uploaded to Instagram, Pinterest or Twitter and tagged via #FamousBeyondWords.

Entries via any other social media platforms will not be considered.

The deadline for entries is January 12 2014. For terms and conditions and to apply visit


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Press release date: 6 December 2013

Pic cap 1: Othello Avenue – people from around the world are being invited to take photos of road names, cafes and buildings which have a connection to Shakespeare.

Pic cap 2: If music be the food of love - a Stratford-upon-Avon cafe has taken inspiration from Stratford’ favourite son.

For more information please contact Press and Public Affairs Officer Nurinder Mantell on 01789 207136.

The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust is the independent charity that cares for the world’s greatest Shakespeare heritage sites in Stratford-upon-Avon, and promotes the enjoyment and understanding of Shakespeare’s works, life and times all over the world. The charity runs formal and informal educational programmes for people of all ages. It holds the world’s largest Shakespeare-related museum and archives open free to the public, a collection which is designated as being of international importance. The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust receives no public subsidy or direct government funding; it depends on income generated through the support of visitors, donors, volunteers and Friends.