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Cotswold Hare Trail - Woodstock Launch

I had a great afternoon yesterday covering the Cotswold Hare Trail Launch at the Oxfordshire Museum in Woodstock. The Hare Trail is a collection of large hare sculptures, which have been decorated by different local artists, and then distributed throughout the Cotswolds for the public to discover and appreciate. For the launch event in Woodstock, four hares we presented, one of which was designed and decorated by Toyah Wilcox, who was also in attendance. The event also featured an an appearance from Joey, the horse puppet, from the War Horse theatre production.

The sunny but cold weather was certainly a blessing in helping to draw a large crowd for the event, with fun had by all ages, who all joined in marvelling at the highly realistic movement of the War Horse. The unveiling of the hares was also a highlight, with each hare showcasing a different artistic impression, sparking fierce debate about which one each person liked the most.

On a personal photography level, this was also the first event where I've had to actively compete against other photographers, normally if I'm with other photographers, I'm covering the event as a team. In this case there were no fewer than four press photographers in attendance. It was a good learning experience to see how they were shooting the event in comparison to my style, I definitely picked up a few tips.

Lastly, I would like to thank the Wake up to Woodstock team for both their hospitality and kindness, if you are a business in Woodstock, you should definitely check them out. I'm in the process of joining and felt really welcomed at the business mixer event, which took place after the Hare Trail presentation.