Sir Christopher Wren’s twin-domed riverside masterpiece, the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich, boasts magnificent architecture and design, with many details of hidden beauty. Built 300 years ago as the Royal Hospital for Seamen, a refuge for injured and impoverished sailors of the Royal Navy, it later became the Royal Naval College, where the Navy’s officers were trained. Today the ORNC is one of the most popular visitor attractions in the UK with over 1.8 million visitors a year.
In December, the ORNC launched a photography competition inspired by the many ‘hidden details’ around the fantastic site, which includes the Discover Greenwich Visitor Centre, the world famous Painted Hall and the Chapel. The competition, named Hidden Details of the Old Royal Naval College, is aimed at anyone who is interested in photography and looks to encourage some of the 1.8 million visitors on site to take pictures of concealed elements that the ORNC has to offer. This could include a crack in the stonework or even the ‘hidden hand’ in the Painted Hall, each individual element is a hidden piece of beauty.
Visitors can submit their Hidden Detail photograph to the ORNC Flickr competition page and fill in the form online at ornc.org by Monday 5 January. Entrants will be in with a chance of winning some fantastic prizes including tickets to the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition at the Natural History Museum and a copy of the Royal Photographic Society’s Portfolio 3 book, to name just a few. The winning photographs will also be displayed in the Gallery at the Old Royal Naval College in Discover Greenwich.