Oxford is such a beautiful city no matter what time of year you go. Whether it8217;s seeing the magnificent university buildings, the historic architecture, or the bright colourful houses on Holywell street, there is something for everyone and certainly lots to photograph.
We8217;ve teamed up with Panasonic Lumix and Jessops to help us showcase 10 of the best photo spots and key locations in cities around the UK. Here are our picks for Bristol, whether you are shooting with your phone or a great camera like the brand new Panasonic Lumix GX9.
The Lumix GX9 boasts a host of great features and is perfect for amateur photographers wanting a professional experience. With its compact body and high-end technology, the Lumix GX9 is an excellent companion for seekers of the authentic street-style picture.
We8217;ve got a Lumix GX9 to give away for the best city photograph taken from each of the following cities: Bristol, Oxford, Newcastle, Glasgow, Cardiff, Liverpool, Nottingham, Bromley, Belfast and Exeter.
To help you with some inspiration, each week we8217;ll be publishing some great hidden photo spots from the cities. We would love to see how you get on. All you have to do is either share your images on Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #Lumixhiddencities, or email them to us at Lumixhiddencities@pocket-lint.com.
The best image from all the entries for each city will win a Lumix GX9 camera to help make your pictures even better, and will be printed on canvas and displayed in the local Jessops store.
Let us know in the comments below and we8217;ll not only feature the best suggestions in the article, but you8217;ll also be in with a chance to win some Panasonic gear to up your photography skills even more.
Oxford8217;s Botanic Garden is Britain8217;s oldest botanical garden and aside from its age, it is a fantastic place to take pictures of plants and all things floral, regardless of the season. Within the gardens is a beautiful arched doorway set in a stone wall that is perfect for photographing if you8217;re looking for that secret garden look.
2. Radcliffe Square and Radcliffe Camera
The Radcliffe Camera is part of Oxford University and opened in 1749. Depending on the shot you8217;re after, its circular design offers plenty of options. You can shoot from the nearby college spire if you are after a bird8217;s eye view, within a doorway for that reveal look, or from under a tree to strike a balance between nature and architecture.
3. Magdalen Bridge Boat House
Situated underneath Magdalen College Tower, the Magdalen Boat House is not only great for photographing the river Thames, but also the picturesque punting boats on it. Those feeling a bit more adventurous can hire a boat and see Oxford and the back of the colleges from a different perspective.
Hertford Bridge, often called 8220;the Bridge of Sighs8221;, is a skyway joining two parts of Hertford College. Its distinctive design makes it a city landmark and a great place to photograph if you can avoid the crowds. Stand facing The Sheldonian Theatre so it is in the background to give you a better backdrop, although you8217;ll have to time your shot to avoid a rogue car.
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Found in the Bodleian Library, this medieval reading room dates back to 1487 and is a great location for photographs. If it looks familiar that8217;s because it doubled as the Hogwarts8217; library in the Harry Potter films. Unlike many of the spots on our list you can8217;t just wander in unannounced, however you can see it if you8217;re on a guided tour, or a student at the college.
Found in the centre of Oxford, Holywell Street is mostly dominated by New College, but on the corner of Mansfield Street and Holywell the buildings start to get very colourful. Go on a sunny day to really catch the bright yellows, pinks, and blues, and you won8217;t be disappointed.
St Mary8217;s Passage connects to Radcliffe Square with the High street and is only accessible by foot. Along this quaint Oxford alleyway is an ornate door opposite the University Church of St. Mary the Virgin. Fans of The lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis will instantly recognise the two golden fauns looking down on you, believed to be the inspiration for Mr Tumnus, while the Victorian street lamp a little further down the passage is claimed to be the inspiration behind the Narnian landmark near the faun8217;s home. Sadly there doesn8217;t look to be a wardrobe to Narnia in sight.
Found on the High Street, the Varsity Club features a roof bar with 360-degree views of the city putting you amongst the 8220;Dreaming Spires8221;. This bar isn8217;t just about enjoying the views though, but a great spot to photograph the city from above giving you a very different perspective of the city. Be warned though, it can get busy quickly, especially on sunny days.
Found on North Parade Avenue, North Parade is a short shopping street to the north of the city and features independent shops, cafes, and a few pubs. Twice a month there is an organic and artisan market, great for people and produce photos, while the buildings, especially next to the Rose & Crown pub at the end of the street, is a great photo spot thanks to it colourful brickwork.
If you want to photograph your hotel with the same vigour as the city, then you8217;ll need to stay in the Malmaison Oxford. Housed in a converted prison, guests get to sleep in converted cells complete with barred windows and iron doors. You8217;ll especially want to photograph the main hall leading to the bedrooms.