We are delighted to announce the launch of our #LOVEYOURLOCALARCHES Photography Competition 2021, celebrating outstanding images of railway arches across the country.

The competition aims to uncover images that show the arches around us, creating a unique view of the surrounding reality, and to give the opportunity to photographers whose work may not have been seen otherwise.

Our panel of judges are looking for photographs that are striking, well-crafted and of exceptional quality. Successful images will communicate a visual narrative through excellent technical and creative skills, with originality to express feelings through the image.

The competition is open to amateur and professional photographers of 16 years and above.

Not all arches belong to The Arch Company, if you are unsure of the locations in your area please contact us on 0800 830 840.

The Arch Company is the UK’s largest small business landlord, serving thousands of business owners who make a unique and vital contribution to the UK economy. With a property portfolio of approximately 5,200 railway arches, business estates, former station buildings and other properties, The Arch Company is proud to be the landlord to a diverse, passionate group of small business owners, entrepreneurs and community organisations across England and Wales.

Adam Dakin, Managing Director at The Arch Company said: “The railway arches represent some of the country’s finest Victorian heritage, but they are also home to thousands of quirky and independent small businesses, from breweries and bakeries, to mechanics and metalworks. With this photography competition we want to celebrate both the arches themselves, and what takes place inside them.”


The overall winner, decided by the panel of judges, will be awarded the title of ‘#LOVEYOURLOCALARCHES Photographer of the Year 2021’, and receive a £1,000 cash prize. The winning entry will be featured on the front cover of Arch Life, Issue Three in January 2022.

Category winners will each receive a £400 cash prize and ‘#LOVEYOURLOCALARCHES Category Photographer Winner 2021‘.

The 5 runners-up of each category will go to a crowd vote, and the winner of each category will win a £100 cash prize. The crowd vote will run from the 15 – 19 November and voting will take place on Instagram.

All winners will be announced and featured across our official Twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts, and announced on Monday, 22 November.

Competition Categories: –

  1. Unique Spaces

An arch offers a unique setting for businesses. With the attractive exterior brickwork, interior arch structure, and physical locations it has to offer, focus on what makes the arches different using environmental portraiture to bring stories to life.

  1. Capturing Movement

Help the storytelling by adding a touch of movement, providing Lifestyle images that are less static and unexpected. A nice way to set the mood.

  1. Industrial Heritage

A nod to the history of the arches and their heritage, by bringing a modern twist to the historical spaces. It is important that the industrial heritage of the product is embraced as this is a huge part of what gives the spaces their character.

Take inspiration from the rich brick colours of the arches, the textures and lighting of the many businesses that are in the spaces, and the forever evolving surrounding environments; for instance, the grass, concrete, and metals.

To Enter:-

Entry into the competition is free. The competition is open from 00:00 Friday, 20 August until 23:59 Friday, 12 November 2021. The winner and runners up will be notified by Monday, 22 November.

Entries must be submitted by email to marketing@thearchco.com. Entries must be labelled with the entrant’s name and location of the photograph and image files must be 300dpi. Entrants should include their own name and telephone number. There is no limit to the number of entries per person. Photographs must be of locations owned by The Arch Company to be valid. We regret that we are unable to accept postal entries.

Please read the competition Terms and Conditions before entering.