"There are 35 Areas of outstanding natural beauty in England, but nine-tenths of us live in towns and cities," said a representative.
"Most people rarely get out and visit them, So CABE is supporting a photo competition to find Areas of Outstanding Urban Beauty.
"The idea is to focus attention on the quality of urban areas and to find out what people love about the places where they live."
CABE said it would back up the competition with new Ipsos MORI research on how to involve people in shaping the look and feel of the places they live.
Photographs can be a park shot, single building, cityscape or detail like a paving stone in an English town, city or village. It must be somewhere that is beautiful to you.
"The competition is not designed to find areas which should get a special planning designation, like the UK’s areas of outstanding natural beauty.
"The idea is to think about the places all around us; look at them critically; see what’s special; and value it."
Closing date for entries is 11 October and the winner, chosen a week later, will receive a Holga camera and publication of the shot by Dezeen and The Photographers’ Gallery.