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Dereliction: a photographic competition and exhibition


How often have you spotted abandoned old homesteads on wild moorland, on field margins or in woodlands, slowly being engulfed by vegetation – melting back into the landscape?

ABC wish to record these buildings before they disappear, celebrate their beauty and draw attention to their heritage value and how many there are across the region.

We would like you to capture this on camera and contribute to an exhibition running from 17 to 23 June 2017 at the Tywi Centre, Llandeilo.  Exhibitors will be invited to the launch event on Saturday 17t June and a selection of photographs will be published in a booklet, with the winning photograph being shown on the front cover.

Selection for the exhibition will be made by the ABC Trustees, with the winning photograph being selected by Thomas Lloyd (Author of ‘The Lost Houses of Wales’).


There are three categories in the competition:

  1. Photographs submitted by under 16’s
  2. Derelict buildings within the Brecon Beacons National Park
  3. Derelict buildings from other areas of South West Wales


  1. The buildings must be in South West Wales
  2. No more than 5 photographs of each property - 5 x images, Adobe RGB, 300 dpi 
  3. Each photograph to be a minimum size of 1MB
  1. Max. 50mb .tiff per image for exhibition submissions.
  2. Max. 5mb .jpeg per image for web submissions. 
  3. Min. 1000 pixels on the shortest side. 

The following information must be included in an accompanying word document with each submission:

  1. Your name
  2. Your contact details
  3. The date the photo was taken
  4. The exact location using a grid reference or by sending us a map with the building marked on it.
  5. The Category which you have entered
  6. The name of the building (if known)
  7. The owner of the building and their contact details (if known)
  8. The former function of the building (if known)


You can submit your photos in 2 different ways:

  1. Via We Transfer to 
  2. Send on a memory stick or CD to Angela Hughes, ABC Photographic Competition, C/o Tywi Centre, Dinefwr Farm, Llandeilo, Carmarthenshire, SA19 6RT. 

Your photos must arrive before midnight on Monday 5 June 2017.

COPYRIGHT: ABC makes no copyright claims to works of photographers taking part. All photographs featured will be credited to their respective photographers.

USAGE RIGHTS: When submitting your photographs, the photographer is granting full consent to allow ABC and any future sister charity/ company the full right to use their photographs for any promotional media for ABC, both online and in print in perpetuity. This includes full use by ABC or a sister charity/company for all future media in any mode we see fit. For the purposes of the exhibition, and any future exhibition or any future ABC event, or any event of a sister charity/ company, display prints will be made in house both for consistency and logistical expedience of all selected photographic work.

TAKE CARE: Please be careful of falling masonry when you are around derelict buildings.  Please respect the ownership of these buildings, do not trespass and do not climb or lean on any masonry. Please respect the countryside code

ABC takes no responsibility for any accidents or incidents incurred when you are entering this competition. By entering this competition you do so at your own risk and are fully responsible for all your equipment.


Where possible your photographs will be included in the Historic Environment Record and you understand and agree that by submitting your photograph/s you automatically grant (and you represent and warrant that you have the right to grant) to the Dyfed Archaeological Trust the right to:

(a)    incorporate your photograph/s into the Historic Environment Record, where it/they will be made available to users of the Record; and

(b) to use, reproduce and communicate your photograph/s within the Archwilio website and application and a right to sub-licence such use to users of those services who want to use your photograph/s for any such non-commercial purposes that are conducive to education, teaching, learning, private study and/or research.

For more information about the Historic Environment Record please visit

If you have any questions please contact


During 2017 ABC ran a series of community events and workshops as part of our Grass Roots Heritage Project.  These events were focused around Myddfai and Llanddeusant in the north-western corner of the Brecon Beacons National Park. The many abandoned traditional buildings which came to light during our Historic Landscape Mapping Programme, helped to inform the focus of the workshops and events throughout the year.

The last year has been an amazing opportunity to celebrate and share this very local heritage. It’s been really good to take time to appreciate some of the fascinating hidden histories which are right on our doorsteps, but which are often overshadowed by ‘big heritage’ like castles and stately homes. Our community events meant we met lots of new people and were able to provide support and advice about looking after older buildings that survive in this part of rural Wales, and also hopefully inspire those involved in the project about the rich cultural heritage that these small abandoned buildings represent. Adfer Ban a Chwm worked with over twenty volunteers who helped to record some of the buildings identified through our mapping programme, and talked to many local people throughout the project and at our five key events.

See our news section and project pages for more information

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