Unless you have been living under a rock for the last year or so you probably know that London is hosting the Olympics next year. The area of Stratford, out in East London, is undergoing extensive redevelopment in preparation for the descent of the world's athletics fans. Currently in construction are numerous stadia for swimming, cycling, leaping, hurling things and sprinting. A recent amble I took down the canal towards the site was curtailed by massive amounts of hoarding and wire fencing, but the tops of the shiny new buildings could just about be spotted high above the security fences.
But fortunately for the less sporty amongst us the site developers are also preparing lots of restaurants and bars, lovely green spaces and what will be the UK's largest shopping centre. The new Westfield Stratford City is due to open in just under a month and to celebrate its birth, a rather London-y competition has been launched. "Create your Take", launched this week on Facebook, encourages people to respond photographically to 8 East London classic concept challenges; from Market Day to the Hoxton Fin.
Once you've uploaded your photo, other Facebook users will be able to vote for their favourite 'takes', and they could pick yours. The photo which receives the most votes over the competition will win the grand cash prize, which could total up to £10,000. Not bad eh? For every person on Facebook who "likes" the site's page the prize money will increase. Local London bloggers will also be acting as guest judges each week, to choose their personal favourite (in their concept category) to receive some amazing spot prizes.
The Accidental Londoner is thrilled to have been asked to act as a guest judge for the 'Landmark' concept challenge, and will be awarding a super spot prize to the best entry in that category. As Anish Kapoor's "Orbit" takes its place in the iconic skyline of our city, the 'Landmark' category wants you to share your landmarks - from your cities, your streets, even your own backyard. Take a photo, upload it to the site and you're in with a chance of winning. Fancy a private tour of the new Stratford development? In a helicopter?! Well, this is the prize that I'll be awarding in my week as guest judge, and there are plenty more brilliant prizes to be won under the other categories too.
Visit Facebook and Create your Take for a chance to win up to £10,000 or a number of amazing spot prizes, including free hairdressing for a year at Toni & Guy, £200 to spend and the advice of a stylist at Reiss and a day at the Waitrose Cookery School for you and a friend.
Get snapping and lots of Accidental luck!