My Battersea Photo Competition Launches With £500 Up For Grabs

And the chance to have your work displayed at the Royal College of Art

Fancy getting creative with long evenings spent social distancing or self-isolating? How about a rummage through your photos to see if any would be suitable for entry in a local photo competition. The Battersea Society Photography Award 2020 is now open for entries.

Whether you are a seasoned snapper or an Instagram whizz, it’s all a matter of catching the judges' eye in this annual photography competition.

Your photo must have a connection to Battersea and either be taken in the borough or be about the borough. A map of what the judge count as Battersea can be found here.

To be in with a chance of winning the top prize of £500 you need to enter your best image, along with a brief explanation of your shot. Photos can be of anything so think local heritage, modern architecture, open spaces, people, communities and culture. The ‘My Battersea' judges say they understand that not everything about Battersea is positive so are keen to see whatever you define as your Battersea.

All shortlisted entries from each age category (see below) will be displayed in a ‘My Battersea’ exhibition hosted by Battersea’s Royal College of Art Dyson Building, itself currently undergoing a major expansion.

There are a few rules around filters and enhancements: “We understand you want to make your photo look as good as possible,” says the Battersea Society judging team, “But we reserve the right to exclude any image where we feel editing has changed the photo’s authenticity - so don’t go over board!”

The team also suggests entrants post their photos on Instagram using #mybattersea

The judges include Battersea Society Chair, Jenny Sheridan, who is also editor of the Society’s Battersea Matters magazine. She is joined by sculptor and Senior Tutor in Photography at the Royal College of Art, Hermione Wiltshire, as well as former Art Director at Saatchi & Saatchi and winner of the 2018 Leica Street Photography International Award, Alan Burles.

The competition is open to all, but under 18s will need the permission of a parent or guardian. Cash prizes are as follows:

Ages10 and under: £100
11-17: £150
18 and over: £250
Overall winner: a further £250

To enter, and for full terms and conditions, visit the Battersea Society website here.

The competition closing date is Monday 20 April.

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March 26, 2020