Photography and art competitions celebrating ‘My Beautiful Nottingham’ have attracted a record 1,700 entries.

The competitions, run by Nottingham in Bloom and sponsored by Capital One, invited pictures inspired by the beautiful green landscapes and corners of Nottingham – including the city’s abundance of parks, gardens, landmarks, flowers, trees and nature through the seasons.

Thirty prizewinning young artists and photographers will visit Nottingham City Council’s Nursery at Woodthorpe Grange Park on Thursday 16 June to receive prizes presented by the Chair of the Nottingham in Bloom Working Group, Councillor Malcolm Wood.

Stuart Mather, Community Relations Manager for Capital One, said: “This year’s theme of ‘My Beautiful Nottingham’ has really caught people’s imagination!  A wide range of places inspired the paintings and photos – not only prestigious heritage sites such as Wollaton Hall and Nottingham Castle but also local landmarks, gardens and even journeys to school.  It’s brilliant to see how observant the children are, and that they have used their creative talents to reflect the natural world around them.”

Councillor Malcolm Wood, Chair of the Nottingham in Bloom Working Group, said: “Thank you to Capital One for their longstanding and loyal support for our painting and photography competitions.  The number of entries this year has been unprecedented, and the green spaces of Nottingham have inspired some beautiful pictures.  Many of the entries will be exhibited at neighbourhood venues over the next few weeks so that more people can enjoy the artwork and photos that the children have created.”

Pictures will be displayed as part of the celebrations for Wollaton Arts Festival; at the Creative Quarter workshops in Sneinton Market; Basford Library; Clifton Cornerstone; St Ann’s Valley Centre and Sherwood Art Week, amongst others.