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THE 'I Love Chatham’ photography festival is the latest entry to the Medway Culture and Design Awards, which still have a month to run.

Now in its third year, 'I Love Chatham’ revolves around a series of photo exhibitions staged throughout November, by students at the University for the Creative Arts, Rochester.

The festival has been nominated by Kevin Liggett, the university’s director of photographic studies.

He said:“As a driving philosophy of the BA photography course, students are encouraged to publish their work in the public arena, engaging with the local population through these cultural events.

“Rather than use conventional gallery space the project acknowledges the need to engage with a wider audience by using nightclubs, hotels and historic military installations, even a terraced house."

There have so far been nearly 100 nominations to the Medway Culture and Design Awards, which were launched in February. And there’s still a month to go – the closing date for entries has been extended to Saturday, May 31, to allow people more time to compile entries.

Organised by Medway Council and backed by the Medway Messenger, the wide-ranging awards celebrate local creative talent and examples of good design. Cultural categories include music, performing arts, fashion and new media.

There is a special achievement section for distinction in any cultural or design field, including best newcomer, outstanding achievement, lifetime contribution and Medway’s Best Kept Secret – your chance to nominate those hidden cultural and design For more information visit www.medway.gov.uk/cdawards

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