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Alongside European Heritage Open Days (EHOD) itself, the Northern Ireland Environment Agency also organises heritage themed photography and art competitions.

Capturing Heritage 

Capturing Heritage Photo Competition

Be inspired by the historic buildings, monuments and events that you see during European Heritage Open Days!

Capture the spirit of your visits and enter your best photographs in this year’s ‘Capturing Heritage’ competition on any tablet, mobile devise or camera you own, with prizes given for the best picture uploaded to our Facebook on both Saturday and Sunday, and the overall winner, selected by Belfast Photo Fest, will take home a Kindle Fire HD Tablet!



Teddy’s Day Out

This special photographic competition is open to all ages. Why not take one of your cuddly friends to a building or monument which captures your imaginations, and send us a photo of your teddy enjoying their visit! A special prize for all the family to enjoy will be awarded to the best image.



Children’s Art Competition

If you’re aged between 5 and14 send us your original artwork inspired by your favourite building. It could be one you visited during European Heritage Open Days weekend or one close to where you live.
Download your entry form and send us your entry.
Prizes will be awarded to first, second and third in each age group.



Sketching Competition

EHOD has a brand new sketching competition open to all ages, inviting you to submit a sketch of your favourite space, building or site. What is your favourite building? Does it have any little details you’d like to draw – such as patterns in the glass, or details within its joinery that you want to capture? Even if you’ve never had much luck putting pen to paper, EHOD2013 is delighted to include amongst its events Observational Drawing Workshops where you can even avail of expert guidance.
Download your entry form and send us your entry.



Facebook Competition

During the EHOD Weekend, on both Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th of September, EHOD will be awarding a prize for all the family for the best uploaded picture on each day that Captures Culture in one shot.  These entries must not be the same as any entry to our Capturing Heritage Competition - These will be your quickly captured moments as you’re out enjoying EHOD.

Get creative and grab a snap of anything from a building, to an event, to any of our living history actors or artist or performers this year. The choice is yours, and the best culture snap uploaded to our Facebook page on each day will win a prize, courtesy of the NIEA!  

Please read the terms and conditions on via our links for these competitions.
The closing date for all competition entries is 14 October 2013.
The winners will be invited to the EHOD Thank You event in November to receive their prizes.
For further information please call (028) 9054 3022 or email

NIEA Capturing Heritage and Teddy’s Day Out Photographic Competitions - Rules & Conditions

1. By entering the competition you hereby accept these competition terms and conditions.
2. The competition is free to enter.
3. Each entrant can enter a maximum of 3 images for each competition.
4. EHOD ‘Capturing Heritage’ and Teddy’s Day Out Photography Competitions are open to anyone aged 5 and over, excluding DOE employees and DOE employees’ relatives and partners.
5. Capturing Heritage – images must be of historic buildings or monuments in Northern Ireland and have been taken during 2013.
6. Teddy’s Day Out – images must include a historic building or monument in Northern Ireland in addition to your cuddly friend and have been taken during 2013.
7. Entries should be captioned to identify the property at which they have been taken.
8. Entries must be uploaded on the EHOD website by 5.00pm, Friday 11th October 2013.
9. Winners and runners up will be notified by e mail by Friday 8th November 2013.
10. There is no limit to the size of files but they should preferably be in the range of 1 – 2 Mb
11. We regret that we are unable to accept video or postal photographic entries.
12. Entries will be judged in a single age group by representatives from Belfast Photo Fest.
13. Competition judges will be appointed by NIEA and their decisions will be final.
14. No negotiation or correspondence will be entered into with respect to any such decision.
15. All images entered must be original and the copyright must be held by the entrant.
16. NIEA recognizes that the author of the image retains full copyright ownership of their entry; however NIEA reserves the right to reproduce the image for promotional purposes relating to European Heritage Open Days without fee. The author will be acknowledged in each case.
17. You can confirm if requested by NIEA that any person(s) depicted in the entry has granted permission to be portrayed as shown.
18. Entrants under 16 must have their parent’s or legal guardian’s consent to participate in the competition.

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