COLWYN Bay has “come alive” as a pop up photo gallery this month.

Following the launch of the second Northern Eye International Photography Festival on Saturday, October 7, numerous spots throughout the town have been transformed with an array of eclectic images.

Featuring more than 20 free pop-up exhibitions within the town’s empty spaces, shops and businesses - as well as an additional National touring exhibition SIXTEEN at the Conwy County Borough Council’s Coed Pella offices - the two yearly festival has built on the success of it’s inaugural event in 2017.

Oriel Colwyn curator and festival organiser Paul Sampson said: “It is truly fantastic to see Colwyn Bay come alive with such an eclectic range of photography.

“This year’s festival showcased 21 exhibitions, featuring over 70 photographers in pop-up shops, businesses and public spaces.”

In addition to the exhbitions, on Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 the festival welcomed photography luminaries to the town to discuss their work, attracting enthusiast from across the country to Theatr Colwyn. Among the world renowned photographers there were talks given by John Bulmer and Magnum Photos’ Olivia Arthur.

Mr Sampson added: “It’s brilliant to be able to host this high profile festival in Colwyn Bay and to create an event that allows national recognition and interest in both photography and our town.”