Date of release: Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Your Fishy WhitstablePeople in Whitstable are invited to photograph their ‘fishy town’ for a new exhibition being put together by the University of Greenwich.

Your Fishy Whitstable is a community-based project which aims to capture how people view the town in which they live, work and play, and to show how marine fishing influences the character of Whitstable.

The photo exhibition, which will run between 31 July and 6 August at Whitstable’s Horsebridge Centre, is being co-ordinated by University of Greenwich researcher Amdeep Sanghera, from its Faculty of Engineering & Science. He says: “Through the lens of those living in Whitstable, we want to create a snapshot of what marine fishing means to people in the early 21st century.

“Anyone can enter, of all ages and abilities. I’m excited at seeing just what fishing really means to each individual, and to see the different approaches that people might take, so please get snapping right away!”

The project forms part of an international €4.6 million project, GIFS (Geography of Inshore Fishing and Sustainability), led by the University of Greenwich, to help regenerate coastal fishing communities in England and France.

Those entering photos can submit a maximum of three by 21 July. Entrants must also send a few sentences describing the photo and what it means to them, as well as the location, approximate date and a full address.

Those photos which are chosen will form part of a web-based archive depicting the character of fishing places in the 21st century, and some will be publically exhibited at the Your Fishy Whitstable photo exhibition.

There is also a prize draw at the end of the project to win a digital camera worth £200, with the winner will be drawn at random from all who sent in photos.

Photos should be sent to Amdeep Sanghera at a.sanghera@greenwich.ac.uk

For queries or more information, visit the Your Fishy Whitstable webpage at www.gifsproject.eu/yourfishywhitstable or contact Amdeep via email or on 020 8331 8216.

Greenwich is also currently leading a €300,000 international partnership, TourFish, to promote sustainable fishing and tourism in the UK and parts of Europe.

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