iWitness photographers invited to play role in revamp of historic Norwich hotel

PUBLISHED: 08:34 21 July 2014 | UPDATED: 08:34 21 July 2014

Christine Malcolm, right, and Linzi Rawson show the format of the photographs which will be needed for the iWitness competition at the Maid's Head. Photo: Bill Smith

Christine Malcolm, right, and Linzi Rawson show the format of the photographs which will be needed for the iWitness competition at the Maid's Head. Photo: Bill Smith

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An exciting new competition will see readers’ photographs used in the refurbishment a landmark Norwich hotel reputed to be the oldest in the country.

The Maids Head Hotel in Tombland is revamping 40 bathrooms in its new wing - 16 being converted into walk-in showers and 24 continuing with baths - and wants to include large-scale photographs depicting views of the historic city as part of the striking re-design.

The 10 best pictures, selected by hotel general manager Christine Malcolm and Archant picture editor Steve Adams, will be displayed on panels in the bathrooms.

As an additional prize, the winners will be invited to be the first to stay in the rooms for a night following the refurbishment with complimentary evening meal, bed and breakfast for two.

Readers are invited to submit pictures via Archant’s successful iwitness website - simply visit, register if you have not already and follow the simple instructions.

Photographers are asked to submit images which include a perspective of distance - a ‘walk-in’ view such as the Norwich Cathedral cloisters photograph pictured.

It might be a view giving the impression you are walking up or down Elm Hill, walking through the Erpingham Gate, walking up to Norwich Castle, walking through the Royal Arcade or walking up or down Bridewell Alley.

“In the first example, as you walk into the shower, it would look as if you are walking up or down Elm Hill,” explained Mrs Malcolm.

However, she stressed they would not just be looking for the obvious views.

She said: “We are really looking forward to working with iwitness24 photographers. It’s a great opportunity for photographers to seek out unusual views, not to forget the view from the river, as well as iconic locations like the two cathedrals and the Castle and promote the best of historic Norwich to our guests.”

Four portrait photographs will be chosen for the walk in showers and six landscape ones for the bathrooms. Photographs submitted must be a minimum of 300dpi and will be blown up to 82” x 30.5” for the showers and 82” x 61” inch for the baths.

Sunday August 3 is the closing date for photographs to be submitted, with judging on Monday August 4.

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  • Surely as this hotel revamp has been ongoing for weeks now, the photo idea should have been known weeks ago. Less than 2 weeks to get capturing is unreal. At the height of the summer with lots of people milling around does not make the ideal vista. Who wants to walk into a shower or see a photo on a bathroom wall full of people strolling around outside an historic location? As an avid photographer I would have taken part, but not within the timescale. Checked my Mac and no option of 300dpi saving in iphoto. I do have Photoshop on my Windows laptop but most do not have this, so the idea is unfair. Print sizes as stated at 300dpi is beyond my knowledge unless interpolated. I await to see the results.

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    Monday, July 21, 2014

  • The final print size is out of proportion for regular digicams whose aspect ratio is 4:3 and if achieved there would be cropping and distortion. DSLRs have a 3:2 ratio which is close to the final landscape size but not for the portrait size. This will limit who can take part in my belief, but I will stand being corrected.

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    Monday, July 21, 2014

  • 300dpi is hardly a useful guide as to image size unless one states how large the image is to be,for instance 100cm x 50 cm.

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    Monday, July 21, 2014

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