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Published 14th Apr 2011

Yaffa Phillips viewing a submission

Calling all photographers – get snapping to help Middlesbrough secure city status!

Stunning shots of the town’s best loved features and landmarks could help Middlesbrough secure the coveted seal of approval from Her Majesty.

The town is one of a number hoping to be granted city status as part of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations next year.

A vibrant campaign is already well under way, with public and private sector partners joining forces with people across the town to ensure Middlesbrough’s case is heard loud and clear.

That campaign will run until next year’s announcement, while a formal submission must be made by the end of next month.

A key element of the bid will be a portfolio of up to 50 photographs of the town’s best loved permanent features – buildings and landmarks rather than events or people, accompanied by brief captions describing what is shown.

Tourism officer Yaffa Phillips said: “What we have been asked to submit are pictures which capture the essence of Middlesbrough - the emphasis is really on showcasing what makes Middlesbrough a town ready to become a city rather than photographic artistry.

“We know we have some great buildings and locations – think mima, the Transporter, Middlesbrough College, Acklam Hall and Temenos to name but a few.

“We also know there are lots of photographers out there, and in the digital age its easier than ever to take and send in high quality images.”

The City Status photography project has been backed by local amateur photographer James Scanlan.

James, from Middlesbrough, recently took up photography as a hobby and he focuses on capturing the beauty in every day scenes in the town.

James, 62, said: “I would encourage people to get hold of a camera and they will find Middlesbrough is a much more interesting and fascinating place than they might first imagine.

“You will look closer at things and you will see the beauty in every day things. Some of the most beautiful scenery to be had anywhere is on your doorstep.

“So take your camera and get snapping! It will be good for the town and it will also be good for you.”

James, a recovering alcoholic, got into photography through the encouragement and support of Hope North East.

He added: “I think becoming a city will certainly help Middlesbrough. We should all be proud of the image of Middlesbrough and not be ashamed of it.”

Lovemiddlesbrough manager Claire Wordsworth said: “As our slogan says, we’re already a city at heart, and a successful campaign will help us move on to the next level.

“It’s hard to think of anywhere with a stronger case – we want everyone to have a chance to play their role in a great campaign.”

It is hoped to stage an exhibition of works during the Discover Middlesbrough festival in September.

Submitting photos via email or flickr

  • Photographs  of max size 4mb per photo  can be sent by email to
  • Photographs can also be submitted via Flickr by adding add them to the Love Middlesbrough flickr group at
  • Tag photos on flickr  with borocitybid.
  • Deadline for possiblity of participation in the City Bid submission is April 30.

Useful links

Love Middlesbrough flickr group

Love Middlesbrough: City Status Bid

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