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Oxfordshire residents photograph their favourite places

When our photo prize draw closed on Friday we had received over 500 photos of Oxfordshire. Finders Keepers has been operating in Oxfordshire for 44 years and we really love where we work. To celebrate this glorious county, we invited all residents of Oxfordshire (not just Finders Keepers clients and customers) to submit a photo of their own favourite place in Oxfordshire. There were no restrictions on where their favourite place could be so we had all sorts of entries from the dreaming spires to wedding proposal locations to favourite restaurants.

One person was chosen at random from all the entries to win a £2,000 holiday to a destination of their choosing. Clare Newson’s family-at-home photo (below) was picked out from all the submissions after the prize draw closed.

The winning photo


Blenheim Palace emerges as residents’ favourite place.

A quarter of the photographs submitted were of the beautiful scenery that surrounds us across Oxfordshire and inside Oxford city (we received 17 photos of Port Meadow alone). In terms of the most popular location though, it has to be Blenheim with over 40 photos of the Palace and grounds having been submitted as people’s ‘favourite place’. Interestingly, despite being land locked (or maybe because we are land locked) we had 65 beautiful photos sent in of rivers, canals and lakes across the county. Perhaps unsurprisingly, 16% of the photos submitted were of the centre of Oxford with the beautiful University buildings inspiring many of the local residents.

“The Oxfordshire countryside clearly appeals to people, particularly dog walkers or horse riders. Most photos just showed the stunning views, but we also had some ‘selfies’ and photos of families or groups of friends, demonstrating that it appeals to all ages,” said Victoria Lyall, Marketing Manager of Finders Keepers. “As well as the classic Oxford city buildings there are so many special places across the entire county and we love living and working in Oxfordshire – and we have loved seeing the photos people have been sending in. The submissions have even given some of our team inspiration for weekend walks and picnics.”

A selection of photos can be seen here