Open Photo Competition – Renaissance Photography Prize 2010 launched

“The Renaissance Photography Competition raises cash for a great charity. It gives the chance for any photographer to enter and to put their work under the gaze of the assembled luminaries who judge the work”.
Magnum photographer Martin Parr and Renaissance judge 2009

How could I fail to be interested in a photography competition which supports The Lavender Trust at Breast Cancer Care, a charity which helps younger women affected by breast cancer?

My mother was diagnosed with advanced breast cancer before Christmas last year, and my godmother’s daughter Lou Gish died on 20 February 2006, aged 38, as a  result of breast cancer. It seems entirely fitting that I should want to support such a cause. I met the founder Fiona Gifford on Saturday at photomonth, as the Hotshoe stall was sandwiched between hers and the press desk. The book of finalists’ work from last year was on sale and, flicking through the images, I was pleasantly surprised; open competitions can result in wildly varying standards of work, but the photos making the final cut in this competition are of a genuinely high standard. Also, if you ever wonder where your competition entry money goes to (and who doesn’t? especially considering that some competitions also get sponsors to provide the prizes for free, such as photo equipment), then wonder no longer: all proceeds go to The Lavender Trust.

The open photo competition launched yesterday and the deadline for entries is not until 10 January, so you have three months to enter. In fact, I may even give it a whirl.


First Prize 2009 - Emotions category: © Peter Puklus, (Hungary), Melinda after hair washing, Paris 2005

The Renaissance Photography Prize – now in its third year – invites amateur and professional photographers “to have their photographs judged by some of the most acclaimed photographers in the industry. All proceeds from the competition go to The Lavender Trust.

“It is an international competition after two years. I’m staggered.”
Eamonn McCabe, former Guardian picture editor and four times Sports Photographer of the Year

“Renowned gallery owner Michael Hoppen, former Guardian picture editor Eamonn McCabe, landscape expert Charlie Waite and Magnum Magnum editor Brigitte Lardinois will judge the Renaissance Photography Prize. They will award over £5,000 in prizes to the winners in this year’s categories: (Landscapes, People, Movement, Reflections) and the overall Renaissance prize. These images, plus 75 shortlisted images, will be displayed at a two- day exhibition in central London and at a celebrity Private View at the exclusive Hospital Private Members Club in Covent Garden. They will also appear in a hardback book of the event”.

The competition is the brainchild of Fiona Gifford, a 36 year-old lawyer and keen amateur photographer who was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2006:

“I have been overwhelmed by the success of Renaissance and the quality of the photographs that we have seen since the competition started. The competition is a great way for photographers to have their work judged by some of the best names in the photography world while raising money for younger women with breast cancer. What better way to celebrate life and the world around us than through photography? Photographs allow us capture and connect with the world, and can be a source of inspiration during times of adversity”.

10 January 2010

Read the Terms and Conditions. The website says: “You keep copyright of all your work, and get a nice warm glow from knowing your entry fee will be used to support younger people with breast cancer,”

There are four catergories for photographs: Landscapes; People; Movement; Reflections. You can enter as many categories as you like, and you can enter as many images as you like.

All entries should be in JPG format 800 pixels, maximum, on the longest side, and not more than 300 KB in file size.

Sign up to the site and upload your photographs.

£15 for a one photo or £25 for up to four photos. The entry fee goes to The Lavender Trust to support younger people with breast cancer.

“The overall winner of the competition receives £3,000. The winner in each category will receive the category prize of £500. Winners and highly-commended entries will receive a free double ticket to the Celebrity Private View. For 80 finalists, there is an additional benefit of getting real exposure with an exhibition in a leading London gallery where your work will be sold. You’ll even get a share of the proceeds.”


One response to “Open Photo Competition – Renaissance Photography Prize 2010 launched

  1. Pingback: Rennaissance Photography Competition 2010 shortlist announced « HotBlog: Fresh Perspectives on Contemporary Photography

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