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Dead fish photo among competition entries for a new set of postcards of Bristol 

Wish you were here? Dead fish, inflatable kangaroo and a pile of fly-tipped rubbish are among competition entries for a new set of postcards to show off the ‘real’ city of Bristol

  • Contest set up in a bid to find ‘proper’ images that portrayed city in its true light
  • Several of Bristol’s landmarks and attractions banned to avoid postcard ‘cliches’
  • However many of the 100 competition entrants took instruction very seriously
  • They photographed everyday curiosities around city such as a dilapidated pub

Photographs of a large pile of fly-tipped rubbish and a dead fish were among the bizarre entries in a competition aimed at creating a new set of postcards of Bristol.

The People’s Republic of Stokes Croft set up the contest in a bid to find ‘proper’ images that portrayed the city in its true light – with landmarks such as the Clifton Suspension Bridge were banned to avoid postcard ‘cliches’.

However many of the 100 entrants took the instruction very seriously, photographing everyday curiosities such as a dilapidated pub.

Organiser Colin Moody told the BBC: ‘We were concerned we’d get a load of nonsense but people really care about Bristol.’

He added that while the photos were ‘rough round the edges’, they are ‘framed in a way that acknowledges they’re part of the city’.

‘The dried out fish on the pavement is funny and witty while the kangaroo strapped to a trolley and the garage graffiti shows the Bristol spirit. We’re seeing the city through their eyes and we’re going to market the city back to itself.’

Among the judges for the competition is writer Will Self, with 16 entries to be printed and sold as a pack of postcards.

One of the bizarre entries in a competition aimed at creating a new set of postcards of Bristol

 The People's Republic of Stokes Croft set up the contest in a bid to find 'proper' images that portrayed the city in its true light

 The People’s Republic of Stokes Croft set up the contest in a bid to find ‘proper’ images that portrayed the city in its true light

Many of the 100 entrants took the instruction very seriously, photographing everyday curiosities such as a dilapidated pub

Many of the 100 entrants took the instruction very seriously, photographing everyday curiosities such as a dilapidated pub

Competition organiser Colin Moody admitted the 'dried out fish on the pavement is funny and witty'

Competition organiser Colin Moody admitted the ‘dried out fish on the pavement is funny and witty’

Among the judges for the competition is writer Will Self, with 16 entries to be printed and sold as a pack of postcards

Among the judges for the competition is writer Will Self, with 16 entries to be printed and sold as a pack of postcards

Landmarks such as the Clifton Suspension Bridge were banned from entries to the compeition to avoid postcard 'cliches'

Landmarks such as the Clifton Suspension Bridge were banned from entries to the compeition to avoid postcard ‘cliches’

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