The Cambridge Independent is launching a new photography competition today – and we can’t wait to see your photos.
Photography Awards are designed for amateurs, professionals and photo clubs, with a wide range of categories and great prizes on offer.
Registration is open now via the form here, which allows you to upload your images.
There are a host of categories to enter, including portraits, landscapes, nature, black and white, travel, architecture and street photography, as well as a section for macro (close-up) photography .
We’ve included a specific category for smartphone images, as well as a ‘creative’ category – which is subject to interpretation.
And we’ve included a microscope and technical category, which could include photos taken in labs, for example.
In these categories, open to all non-professionals over 18, you can submit up to three photos per category. You can enter up to six categories.
For our Camera Club of the Year category, clubs are invited to submit six images from one of the categories as a showcase for their members’ photography. And for a chance to win the title of professional photographer of the year, professionals are invited to submit a portfolio of up to six images.
You can find more information about categories and rules below.
The awards are backed by main sponsor Visit South Cambs – the tourism website at visitsouthcambs.co.uk – and there is additional support from Domino Printing. The prizes will be donated by Campkins Cameras, Cambridge’s camera shop, while the National Trust is offering annual family or individual subscriptions, worth up to £133 each, to three of our winners.
Some of the entries and all of our winners will have their images featured in the Cambridge Independent, and many will also appear in our sister magazines – iQ, our quarterly business magazine, which will feature images of our Professional Photographer of the Year winner. category, and Velvet, our monthly lifestyle magazine.
The judging panel will include our image editor Keith Hepell, winner of the UK Weekly Photographer of the Year award.
Enter by December 1st by uploading your images to cambridgeindependent.co.uk/photography-awards/
Visit South Cambs
We are happy to have the support of visitsouthcambs.co.uk, the tourism website for South Cambridgeshire, set up by the District Council. It launched in September 2021, with residents and visitors encouraged to explore, discover and enjoy what South Cambridgeshire has to offer in terms of activities, places to eat, cultural attractions and green spaces .
The website was the first online platform dedicated to promoting businesses in the neighborhood’s tourism sector, allowing people to have more fun and discover hidden gems closer to home and, in doing so, supporting jobs. and local economies.
South Cambridgeshire District Council’s Principal Economic Development Cabinet Member, Cllr Peter McDonald, said: “South Cambridgeshire is one of the most scenic and photogenic places in the country – and we are delighted to support these awards. .
“www.visitsouthcambs.co.uk It’s all about showcasing the incredible natural and built amenities that we’re blessed to have on our doorstep. So I can’t wait to see them in the photos submitted for the prizes. Good luck to all who enter.
Local tourism, hospitality and leisure businesses and event organizers can register for free at visitsouthcambs.co.uk. You can also find Visit South Cambs on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn.
Domino Printing, the Bar Hill-based company, supports our Travel category.
Sharon Budworth, Director of Engagement, said, “Domino Printing is proud to sponsor these inaugural awards to support and celebrate photography in our region, both professional and aspiring photographers. As a company, we recognize the benefits that photography has on our minds and bodies, whether it’s taking pictures ourselves or enjoying the images of others. It allows us to escape and connect with the world around us, improving our mental health and sense of well-being.
“During the Covid pandemic, we encouraged our employees to get outside, enjoy nature and share their images online with colleagues – an initiative that has helped us all stay connected with each other, especially during containment.
“We are delighted to support the Travel category to represent ourselves as a global business and inspire our relationships with other communities and cultures, whether in the next village, across the UK or around the world.”
The National Trust
The National Trust supports our Nature category. It offers three annual National Trust memberships – either for individuals or families – as prizes. One will go to the Nature category winner, with the other two being selected from our other category winners.
Emma Hay, Nature Conservation Advisor for the National Trust, said: “Nature is essential to our lives. For children and adults alike, being in green, open space, near healthy rivers, and exploring the colors, sounds, and textures of nature have all been linked to less stress and better health.
“More than ever, nature has been a source of comfort in difficult times. However, much more needs to be done to protect and restore nature for future generations to enjoy. At the National Trust we work hard to protect nature for years to come and it all starts with more people appreciating its beauty and importance.
“That’s why we encourage people to get involved in this new photography competition. Whether it’s fall colors, centuries-old trees, or filmed wildlife encounters, we want you to be inspired by the beauty of nature. We look forward to seeing your submissions.
The following are open to non-professionals over the age of 18 in the Greater Cambridge area:
- Black and white
- Microscope and technique
Camera Club of the Year (enter six images) – open to all clubs in the Greater Cambridge area
Professional Photographer of the Year (enter up to six images) – open to professionals living or working in the Greater Cambridge area
- The competition is for those over 18, as we also support the Rotary Club of Cambridge’s Young Photographer competition.
- In categories for everyone, you can enter up to six categories and three images per category. In the Camera Club and Professional categories, you can enter up to six categories.
- The work submitted must be your own or, in the case of the Camera Club, be submitted with the permission of each photographer involved.
- Copyright remains with the photographer, but by entering the competition you grant us the right to publish your photographs in the competition free of charge in our newspapers, magazines and websites and to display them in an exhibition.
- Editing software can be used.
- It is possible to include a note with the captured photographs if you wish to tell us more about your images.
- The judge’s decision is final.
- The winners will be announced in the new year.
Questions? Contact [email protected]
Enter the contest here. Good luck!