Neon shapes and collodion wet plates – these are the British Photography Awards


The shortlist for the British Photography Awards 2022 has just been announced and this year includes 380 images. Since its inception, over 15,000 photographs have been submitted to the non-profit competition, with 100% of proceeds going to 20 different UK-based charities.

Each year, the BPA organizes an awards gala to celebrate the shortlisted photographers and present the winners with their prizes. This comprehensive contest covers just about every genre of photography, allowing photographers of all backgrounds, specialties, ages, races or genders to enter.

Categories include architecture, portraits, landscape, land animals, birds, drones, and fine art, totaling 19 in total.

Owen – Portrait (Image credit: Guy Bellingham)

The most notable images from this year’s shortlist include owen by Guy Bellingham, from the Portraits category. It was taken as part of an ongoing series documenting circus people. Guy used a bespoke Toyo monorail camera and a process known as wet plate collodion which he specializes in.

In the Macro category, photographers got close to the spiders, ants and beetles as you’d expect, but there were a few more abstract entries, including a macro shot of a blue mask designed to look like a swimming pool.

Arrival of the bride – Wedding (Image credit: Sarah Carter)

The Street Photography category received a wide range of images, including bright neon lights from Benson Spiers and a perfectly timed shot of a cyclist framed by his surroundings from Jose Antonio Richart Peris – who chose to support Doctors Without Borders.

Other charities supported by this year’s competition include Ocean Youth Trust: Scotland, Sense UK, The Wildlife Trust, Help for Heroes and Shelter. These important charities work in everything from helping the homeless, to caring for those in conflict zones, or even inspiring young people to navigate and discover the importance of our oceans.

Sunrise over Flamingos – Birds (Image credit: Roberto Angioni)

By using photography as a tool to bring about real change, the BPA not only provides a platform for photographers, but also affects the lives of people, places and animals everywhere. To keep up to date with news and events, you can subscribe to the BPA mailing list to be the first to know about the winners.

Tickets for the awards gala at The Dorchester in London will go on sale at the end of September and can be purchased via the British Photography Awards website (opens in a new tab).

Doors open – Street (Image credit: José Antonio Richart Peris)

Neon Red – Fashion (Image credit: British Photography Awards 2022)

Skyline – Architecture (Image credit: Hugo Healy)
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