Competition Rules

  1. The competition is only open to SVR Working Members and employees.

  2. All submitted pictures should be in jpg format, in either colour or black and white.

  3. Pictures taken using film should be scanned and submitted as a digital jpg image.

  4. The competition will open on Sunday 4th October and close on Friday 8th January 2021 (note extended date).

  5. There are five categories. A maximum of one picture per category may be submitted by each person.

  6. All pictures should be of the Severn Valley Railway.

  7. The categories are (note the category letters as you will need them to rename your files when you submit your photos):

    • (L) Locomotives and Rolling Stock 

    • (P) SVR People 

    • (T) Trains in the Landscape

    • (W) What the SVR means to me

    • (S) Stations

  8. All submitted pictures must have been taken in 2018, 2019 or 2020.

  9. For each submitted picture the Severn Valley Railway will have the right to use it for SVR publicity or commercial purposes, including its possible use in an SVR calendar for 2022. The picture will be credited where possible.

  10. The best pictures in each category will be selected, and published on the SVR website. Every working member and employee will be able to vote for their favourite picture from each of the five categories.

  11. Voting will start on Saturday January 2nd 2021, and will close on Saturday January 23rd 2021.

  12. The results will be published on SVR Live and in the February issue of Express Points.

  13. Prizes will be awarded for the two best pictures in each category.

  14. All submitted pictures must have been taken by the contestant.

  15. Minor digital adjustments are allowed so long as they do not deceive the viewer or misrepresent the original picture.

  16. In the event of any issue, the Committee’s decision shall be final.

How to enter the competition

If you have an logon, complete THIS FORM. This process will work on Windows, Apple devices and mobile devices.

If you don't have an logon, you can email your photos to

Please follow these guidelines when submitting your entry:

  • The subject line should be 'Photo Competition 2020'

  • Each file name should begin with the letter that corresponds to the category (see item 7 above). If you submit two files with the same category letter at the start of the file name, we will only enter the first one into the competition.

  • Each file should be less than 4MB (1000x667 pixels preferred).

  • Please supply your membership number (or 'UIN' - you can find this on your car park pass) and a contact phone number in the body of the email.

  • Please also acknowledge that the SVR can use your photo(s) for publicity and commercial purposes as per item 9 above, by putting the text 'I agree to SVR use' in the email.

Additional information for iPad users

In the Photos app:

  • Press your finger down on the photo you want to rename until a menu appears

  • Choose ‘Share’ from the menu

  • This brings up a large menu of people and things you can share your picture with

  • Scroll down and click the option ‘Save to Files’

  • It will now open a screen which shows your photo and its file name at the top, and a folder structure 
    beneath it, with ‘iCloud Drive’ highlighted at the top of this structure. This is where it will save your 
    photo. You can create a subfolder under here if you want, but it’s easier just to let it store it at the top 

  • Click the word ‘Save’ at the top right of the screen

Now open your Files app:

  • It will show you the file structure on the left hand side

  • Click on the 'iCloud Drive' folder

  • On the right hand side of the screen, it will show you all the photos you’ve stored there using the instructions 

  • To rename a photo, hold your finger down on it until it displays a menu

  • Select the ‘Rename’ option from the menu

  • The file name is shown at the top of the screen and can now be edited

  • Change the file name and click ‘Done’ 

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