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E-Bulletin Competition February 2012

E-Bulletin Competition February 2012

[hidden]PLEASE NOTE: This competition is now CLOSED. Details of the winning entry can be found here.[/hidden]

Cameras at the ready for our next competition…

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Many of you took the opportunity to tell us what the Cathedral means to you in our first e-bulletin competition and we were delighted by the response. Sincere congratulations to David McEvoy of London for his winning entry which can be read here along with some very worthy runners-up.

For our next competition we are asking you to send in a photograph that you have taken of or at the Cathedral. We are in no doubt that it is an extraordinarily magnificent building and are sure that many of you have captured its beauty throughout the seasons or perhaps as a background shot to a happy visit. Email your images to Up for grabs is a £50 gift voucher to spend in the Cathedral Shop, either in person or online.

All images submitted must be the work of the individual submitting them and must not have been published elsewhere or have won a prize in any other photographic competition. It is the responsibility of each entrant to ensure that any images they submit have been taken with the permission of the subject and do not infringe the copyright of any third party or any laws. Entrants must warrant that the photograph they are submitting is their own work and that they own the copyright for it.

Copyright in all images submitted for this competition remains with the respective entrants. However, in consideration of their providing the Competition, each entrant grants a worldwide, irrevocable, perpetual licence to the Dean and Chapter of Canterbury Cathedral to feature any or all of the submitted images in any of their publications, their websites and/or in any promotional material connected to this competition. Submitted image files should be in a common image format (.jpg, .jpeg, .gif, .png) a minimum of 72dpi, and individual image files should not exceed 10mb in size.

We will automatically forward photographs accompanying entries to our last competition to this competition but don’t let that stop you sending us another. There is no cash alternative for this competition prize. Unfortunately we are unable to accept postal entries for this competition.

PLEASE NOTE: This competition is now CLOSED. Details of the winning entry can be found here.

A hearty thanks to everyone who took the time to enter our first e-bulletin competition and tell us ‘What the Cathedral means to me’. Many of your sentiments were universal but others had a uniquely personal perspective which made judging very difficult indeed. You are all winners in our view but unfortunately there is only one prize.

After long deliberation we would like to say sincere congratulations to David McEvoy whose winning entry and those of the worthy runners-up can be found below:

My son is studying at the University of Kent. When visiting I always spend at least an hour in the Cathedral and its precincts.
The ancient stone and glass always speak to me – of the centuries of history that the Cathedral has seen and of the spirituality that still breathes through them. The site of the martyrdom and shrine and the chapel of 20th century martyrs provide a powerful reminder of the risks of faith and love.
There is always a surprise in the Cathedral – the sounds of a visiting choir drifting through the columns of the crypt or a ray of sunlight throwing fresh light on a forgotten corner. Despite all the bustle, it is always possible to find peace and quiet for reflection in one of the many chapels.
I will never tire of Canterbury Cathedral.

Competition Winner David McEvoy


Canterbury Cathedral is simply my lode star.
I used to visit quite often as a french teenager learning English in Kent – that was aeons ago – and I’ve been back many times.
My drawing room wall are covered with prints of the cathedral, I have the Becket stained glass mouse pad on  my desk and my Canterbury Cross is never far.
Canterbury to me means Christianity as it should be.
From Thomas Becket to the ghost in the cloisters ( was that a story to frighten unruly students ? ), from the Black Prince to Cantuar archbishops, … I learnt so much in the Cathedral and reading about the Cathedral that I’ll never be able to say as many thank yous as I would like to.
May I remind you of a last anecdote ?  The last time I was in the Cathedral, there were many tourists milling around. And suddenly a kind and warm voice came down from the rafters and said “Welcome to you all. I hope you enjoy your visit, and I’d like to remind you that this is the house of God. Please stop for a while and say the Lord’s prayer in our own idiom”… Or words to that effect.
To me, that was Canterbury Cathedral : a house of God, welcoming to all, where the beauty and harmony of stone is dictated by and pays homage to God.
Thank you for letting me put my thoughts about the Cathedral into words.
May God bless you and may He bless the Cathedral and all those who care for her.

Runner-up Christine Gauthier


In response to the e-bulletin I’m happy to say a little about what the cathedral means to me.
In a way it is a metaphor for God in my life as the cathedral is in the city; at the centre of everything, strong and unchanging through the years, a still and peaceful reminder that all is well. When I left my daughter at the university I caught site of the cathedral and knew that God would be looking over her and she would be fine.

Runner-up Anne Chant


To me it’s a place where I go: To be inspired, because of the beauty of and surrounding Canterbury Cathedral, the art, the music, the words of wisdom. To feel peace, because within the hallowed walls I feel safe and loved. To be thankful, because here I remember those who gave their lives in worship and in faith. To learn, about history and tradition and Christianity and Jesus, among other things! To introduce my friends and neighbours to my Guidance-inspired way of life, as we attend concerts or exhibitions or functions at the Cathedral, and they learn and see for themselves how loving Jesus fosters in so many such comfort and contentment.  And to appreciate God, as we listen and share and pray, knowing we are supported in our faith and we are never alone.

Runner-up Rita Hooper

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