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Photography competition to inspire a different view of the slate landscape! 

Dinorwig  Quarry 

In 2021 the Slate Landscape of North West Wales was awarded World Heritage Status! 

Images of the astounding beauty of the area were sent around the world – stunning aerial shots of the quarries, giant slate mountains created by the quarrymen and the beauty of the relics left behind such as the barracks and machinery. 

But now a competition is being launched to find different images of the slate designation and some of the sights and scenes that people are less familiar with, to feature in an exhibition later this year.  
Wales Slate and the National Slate Museum Llanberis are appealing for photographers of all ages to submit varied and different images from all over the Slate Landscape, particularly more unusual and unseen images of their communities, and their people and places.  

Said Lucy Thomas, Wales Slate project Officer: 
“We’re looking for photographs that tell the stories of the slate landscape and the surrounding communities from a unique or unusual perspective. We’re particularly interested in photographs that show the stories less often told and we want people to be as creative as possible sharing experiences with new unforgettable images.”

There are three themes to choose from:  

  • Monumental Images – those which reflect the awe-inspiring and extraordinary nature of the slate landscape;  
  • Innovative images  - reflecting the trail-blazing / pioneering nature of the industry 
  • Community images – showing  the people and places which make the slate communities. 

There are two age categories - under 18s and 18 and over.

Winning entries will form an exhibition at the National Slate Museum Llanberis from May 2023 and  the overall winners from each age category will win a personal photography session with renowned Eryri photographer Geraint Thomas.

Said Elen Roberts, Head of National Slate Museum: 
“The Slate Landscape of North West Wales contains six key areas which are all quite different from each other and all have their story to tell. We’re hoping that the competition will inspire people of all ages to explore the slate landscape safely and that we’ll have plenty of creative submissions to choose from for our exhibition.”

The closing date for the competition is 16 April 2023. 

To find out more about the competition and for terms and conditions visit   or email


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Notes to Editors: 
The competition is arranged by Llechi Cymru/ Wales Slate and the National Slate Museum / Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales.
All entries will be judged anonymously by a panel appointed by Wales Slate and the National Slate Museum

Be safe. Before you set off¬ to explore the slate landscape go to to find out how to enjoy your visit safely. The Slate Landscape of Northwest Wales is undoubtedly fascinating, but by its very nature can be remote, dangerous and challenging. A significant proportion of the landscape is within private ownership and some of this on land where no public access is permitted. Entries taken from sites that are not accessible to the public will not be considered. and visit to discover which sites have public access.