Birmingham’s culture and heritage is set to be celebrated over the next 10 days, following a launch event for Birmingham Heritage Week where winners of the Best of Birmingham photography competition were announced.

The event hosted at Birmingham Cathedral on Wednesday 6th September, officially kicked off the week (7th – 17th September) of 150 events which will showcase Birmingham’s historic buildings, culture, history and people.

Winners of a city-wide photography competition have been picked to coincide with the launch of Birmingham Heritage Week, which showcase some of the city’s most loved and iconic places by budding Birmingham photographers, and will form an exhibition later this year.

The Best of Birmingham competition, launched by Instagramers of Birmingham, Birmingham Museums Trust and Brumpic, has been running throughout the summer and asked the people of Birmingham to photograph the best that the city has to offer.  The competition has also been supported by Trevor Beattie and The Jack and Ada Beattie Foundation.

25 images have been chosen, with winners including Kris Askey (@krisaskey), Ella Mullins, @ellamullins and Tim Cornbill (@timcornbill), who was recently crowned winner at the 2017 Sony World Photography Awards (Open competition) in the architecture category.

The stunning images showcase Birmingham’s people, culture and buildings, with snaps including the Birmingham markets, Moor Street Station, Clent Hills, Digbeth, and Sarehole Mill.

18 year old photographer Sam McAuliffe (@sam_mcauliffe) from Erdington has been named overall winner, with his striking image of the Birmingham canals with The Cube in the background. As winner Sam will see his image used on marketing and promotional material for the exhibition.

The images will be framed and displayed at an exhibition at the Museum of the Jewellery Quarter from November to January, along with 25 highly commended images which will be shown digitally for the first week. These winners include Sarah Allen, (@sabraham2307), Kalpesh Patel, (@mrkalpeshpatel) and Waes Kay, (@waeskay).

Images will be available to purchase, with all proceeds going towards supporting Birmingham Museums Trust and keeping Birmingham’s heritage alive.

Beth Astington of IGers Birmingham, said: “We are incredibly excited about this project and collaborating with Birmingham Museums Trust, which is such a prestigious and important organisation. The entries were of extremely high standard which is testament to the talent within the IGers Birmingham community.”

As the events for Birmingham Heritage Week begin there will be something for everyone to enjoy, including events taking place at city sites which include Aston Hall, Coffin Works, Two Towers Brewery and New Hall Mill.

For full details about Birmingham Heritage Week and all of the events please visit Or find them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @BHeritageWeek.

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