Your images will support UNESCO bid

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It is regarded as a marvel of engineering – an iconic landmark that is recognised the world over.

Now, members of the public and particularly those who live close to the bridge are being invited to take part in a competition to capture the railway bridge in all its glory.

Journal and Gazette readers are being invited to take photographs of the Forth Bridge for a competition that runs until September 30.

Historic Scotland, which is part of the steering group established by the Forth Bridges Forum, will be submitting the railway bridge for World Heritage nomination to the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) and the photographic competition will help to inform the nomination process.

An important consideration in the process is the identification of the best views of the Bridge so that they can be protected from intrusive development in the future.

The photographic competition will allow the best and most popular viewpoints to be identified.

Miles Oglethorpe, head of industrial heritage at Historic Scotland said: “No matter how often you see the Forth Bridge, you never tire of it.’’

Individual entrants can submit up to five digital images and details of how to enter can be found at www.forthbridgeworldheritage.com

The top prize includes a visit hosted by Network Rail to the Forth Bridge, which is not normally made accessible to the public.

Fiona Hyslop MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs, said: “The Forth Bridge is a triumph of Scottish engineering skill.

‘‘It is a structure that everyone in Scotland identifies with.

‘‘I look forward to seeing the images captured by the public, in support of its nomination for World Heritage status.”