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Milburngate to celebrate public’s best images of Lumiere with special photography competition



Milburngate will celebrate the creative talents of visitors to Lumiere this week with a special photography competition.

Open to everyone from absolute novices to promising and experienced photographers, the competition is encouraging people to upload their photos of the festival to category websites where they will be judged by the public and an expert panel.

The competition is looking for the best photo taken at the festival, as well as a second category focused on the Milburngate-sponsored installation, Mysticète the life-like apparition of a whale that will appear in the River Wear.

The winners of each category will win a £250 gift voucher to spend at the luxury 4-star spa hotel, Ramside Hall in County Durham.

Across the four days of the festival, creative photographers will have a choice of 37 spectacular artwork installations located throughout the city to select as the subject for their competition entries in the ‘Best Photograph of Lumiere 2019’ category.

The second category, ‘The Best Photo of Mysticète 2019’, will challenge photographers to produce striking images of the whale, which has been created by design agency Top ‘la’ Design, led by creative director Catherine Garret, and is one of a collection of returning installations to mark Lumiere’s 10th anniversary.

The public can view the competition entries on two specially created websites where they can choose their favourite. The images will also be judged by a panel led by Gary Lintern, who specialises in dark sky photography, who is also leading a series of sold-out night-time photography workshops during Lumiere in partnership with Milburngate.

Gary said: “Lumiere will be an inspirational experience for everyone who visits Durham this week and I am sure will produce some absolutely fantastic photographs for the competition. No matter what experience entrants have they stand a chance of winning because they will bring their own personal style and talent to their photographs; I can’t wait to see them!”

Matt Leigh, who is responsible for the marketing of Milburngate said: “As part of our sponsorship, we’re offering the general public the chance to take part in a competition that we hope they really enjoy. The festival is such a visual spectacle we’re confident people will capture some fantastic shots during Lumiere, irrespective of how experienced they may be. All you need is a smart phone or a camera to take part and we hope entering this competition adds to the excitement the festival offers the many thousands of visitors coming to the city this week.”

To upload photos for the competition and vote on the entered images, visit:





For further information contact Jamie Collis 01325 363436

Editors’ Notes:

Milburngate is a landmark living, working and leisure destination on the riverside in the heart of the historic city of Durham in North East England.

Being developed by a Joint Venture partnership between Arlington Real Estate and Richardson, Milburngate represents £150m of investment, which will transform and regenerate the six-acre site.

Phase one of Milburngate which is currently under construction, with completion targeted at early 2021, will cover 70 percent of the entire development. It will include a number of nationally recognised leisure operators including boutique cinema company Everyman, restaurant brands Bar + Block and Miller and Carter, as well as a 92-bed flagship Premier Inn hotel.

Alongside its premium leisure facilities, phase one of Milburngate will also incorporate 5,000 square metres of speculatively built Grade A offices, creating capacity for more than 400 new jobs, and 153 built-to-rent apartments, providing high-quality city centre work and living space.

Phase one of Milburngate is supported by a £120m forward funding commitment from LaSalle Investment Management.


About Arlington Real Estate

Arlington Real Estate is also delivering another flagship County Durham development, DurhamGate. Located five miles south of Durham City, DurhamGate is on the site of Black & Decker’s former UK headquarters and, at almost 100 acres, it is among the largest regeneration projects in the North East of England

About Richardson

Richardson is a private, family-owned and operated property business with over 70 years of real estate experience in the UK and overseas. Typically working in joint venture, the business has a long history of successful partnerships, having developed over 6 million sq ft of real estate across all sectors. More recently Richardson has continued to diversify by building an international growth capital portfolio across a range of sectors through a direct and co-investment programme. 

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Dark sky photography expert Gary Lintern will lead the judging panel for Milburngate’s Lumiere photography competition
Dark sky photography expert Gary Lintern will lead the judging panel for Milburngate’s Lumiere photography competition
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