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Come along to an #InstaEssex photo workshop and get inspired

20 January 2016

Learn to make a pinhole camera or take a great digital photo at the free #InstaEssex photography workshops across Essex.

The workshops, part of the #InstaEssex competition, will be taking place at Harwich, Chapel & Wakes Colne and Clacton in January and February.

The Pinhole Camera Workshop, run by Alan Hockett, will show you how to make a pinhole camera, create your own images, digitise and edit them. All materials will be provided and you can take your camera away with you.

Alternatively, if you are interested in improving your technique with your digital camera then the workshop by John Puczkoweski is ideal. It will show you how to use your digital camera, get the best shot and learn about the technical aspects like lighting, composition and shutter speed.

The #InstaEssex photography competition is open to budding photographers to send their images of buildings and architecture; our artwork and theatres; street art and local contemporary social culture, or perhaps an iconic image that sums up the county.  

Essex County Council’s Cultural Development team has partnered with Abellio Greater Anglia, Essex & South Suffolk Community Rail Partnership, and Network Rail’s London Liverpool Street Station to deliver #InstaEssex. Thurrock and Southend unitary authorities and the Essex Chronicle are also involved in the competition. 

Cllr John Spence, Essex County Council Cabinet Member for Finance, with responsibility for Heritage, Culture and the Arts, said: “Essex is passionate about culture. The #InstaEssex project is a great way for you to capture and promote what is culturally important to Essex. The photography workshops offer a great opportunity to start taking pictures, to improve your skills and to meet like-minded people. Whether you are an experienced photographer or are trying something new, we look forward to receiving your photos in the competition.”  

The dates and location of the events are as follows:

Harwich - Harwich Station - Mayflower Project
Pinhole Camera Workshop - Alan Hockett
Saturday, 23 January 2016, 12pm – 4pm

Chapel & Wakes Colne at the East Anglian Railway Museum
Getting the most from your digital camera - John Puczkowski
Saturday, 30 January 2016, 10.30am – 2.30pm

Clacton – Clacton Station
Getting the most from your digital camera - John Puczkowski
Saturday, 6 February 2016, 10am – 1pm.

If you are interested in attending then you will need to book a space and places are limited, so book now. To secure your place please go to: or call 07872869453.   

The #InstaEssex competition is open to both amateur and professional photographers. Entries can be uploaded now via for a small charge of £5 per image (up to 4) or £15 for 5 images.

The top three winners will be awarded cash prizes of 1st prize £1,000, 2nd prize £500 and 3rd prize £250.  Fifteen winners will have their images displayed at London Liverpool Street station and along branch line stations across Essex.

Alternatively if you’re not interested in submitting a photo but still want to share your thoughts on what Essex culture means to you, why not take part in the discussions through the Explore Culture Facebook, Instagram or twitter using #InstaEssex.

The competition is open until Monday 15 February. Everything you need to know about how to get involved is on