KEEN photographers can win the chance to become an archaeologist for a day in a new photo competition.

Colchester’s Archaeological Trust has launched the competition with the aim of inspiring people to discover and record some of Colchester’s hidden historic gems.

Chris Lister, archaeological surveyor at the trust, said: “Whilst our work mainly focuses on what is beneath the ground it’s just as important to look up and take note of what currently surrounds us.

“This is an excellent opportunity for budding photographers to focus on the hidden heritage of historic Colchester.”

There will be two prize categories for people aged 11 to 16, and those aged 16 and over. Top prizes will include the chance to become an archaeologist for the day and a signed copy of archaeologist Philip Crummy’s latest book ‘City of Victory’.

The deadline for photographs to be submitted is August 1.

Entries should be e-mailed as jpegs to or posted to CAT, 12 Lexden Road, Colchester, CO3 3NF and should include name, address and age.