Civic Trust Cymru promotes civic pride as a means to improving the quality of life for all in the places where we live and work, and encourages community action, good design, sustainable development and respect for the built environment amongst people of all ages.

Capturing your town

Civic Trust Cymru has launched a new project that engages with communities to ‘Capture their town’ using photography to document the good, bad, ugly, quirky, the unusual, the special, the loved. The project aims to generate pride in the places of Wales, whether villages or towns, their environment and its residents.

The project is starting in Bridgend, working with Bridgend Civic Trust, and will be rolled out to other areas of Wales working with civic societies but also other community groups and individuals.

The competitions will be open to all, with different categories for different age groups. So it’s time to go out with our cameras, take a walk around and see what we’d like to show off about our lovely towns and villages in Wales, and also what could be improved.  It a really creative way to involve everyone in making the towns and villages of Wales an even more attractive place to visit and live in.

The Trust has ‘borrowed’ the idea from Abergavenny and District Civic Society who were overwhelmed by the level of involvement from people of all ages and from all areas of Abergavenny. We hope to replicate their success in other places in Wales, and the work that followed in addressing the ‘bad and ugly’.

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Left: one of the prize winners and behind the people and above right some of the photographs submitted from the competition. 

‘Llunio Pen-y-Bont / Capturing Bridgend’ Photography Competition


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Civic Trust Cymru are launching a photography competition in Bridgend, with the support of Bridgend Civic Trust. We are calling for local people to tell us what you think good, bad and ugly, about Bridgend town by sending us photos. The competition opened for entries on Monday 19th September.

The competition will celebrate what is great and identify what could be improved in Bridgend town. We are looking for photos of the good such as buildings, building detailing, unusual weather vanes that you think only you notice, secret alleyways, public art, band stands that you think are important, quirky or individual gardens, iron railings, memorials, street signage, shopfronts, and lighting. But we also want to see the bad or ugly such as the collection of cigarette stumps at a building entrance, peeling paint, unloved corners of Bridgend and also bad/ugly bins, street signage, shopfronts, and/or lighting. This competition is open to everyone, whether you visit, work, or live in Bridgend, and we really do want to see the bad as well as the good (but please only photos of places, not people).

We will judge entries in the following categories:  age 5-12, age 13-17 and age 18+, and invite everyone who enters to submit a photo in the good, bad/ugly categories. Anyone can enter, whether you live in Bridgend or not. Entries will be judged by an appointed panel, and there will be prizes for the winner in each category. All eligible photographs entered will feature in the exhibition at Carnegie House, Bridgend, on the 19th and 20th of November, as well as online.

Photos need to be new, rather than historic, and photos must be at least 2 MB in resolution. Please include your name, address, age, and contact details, as well as the name of the location you have photographed. To submit your photographs please email them by Monday 7th November to, take them to Celtic Camera Centre to be printed and collected, or post them to:

Civic Trust Cymru
1/07 Creative Quarter
Morgan Arcade
Cardiff CF10 1AF


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