Photographers focus to snap 'diverse London'

Inspired by the theme ‘7 million Londoners – 1 London,’ – freelance photographers are being invited to compete for an annual award spotlighting London’s ethnic diversity.

In its fourth year, the competition forms part of rise: London United Music Festival, said to be the biggest anti-racism event in Europe.

To this end, budding photographers, their more experienced peers and their freelance counterparts are called to submit one photograph capturing the capital as a hub of multiculturalism.

Mayor Ken Livingstone this week urged anyone with a lens to capture the City’s diversity, to stand a chance of seeing their snapshot showcased at the forthcoming festival.

The winning images will also be paraded at a major exhibition on Trafalgar Square, before they are given pride of place at City Hall.

“One of the best aspects of this contest is that everyone from children to adults to grandparents has the same chance of winning if they take the right picture,” said Mayor Ken Livingstone.

“Look around in your neighbourhood, you might find you have a scene that captures London’s diversity right on your door step.”

All entrants will have their work credited and agree to allow the Greater London Authority, the event’s sponsors and all media partners to the right to reproduce, alter, publish or exhibit their photograph on any media worldwide, including the internet.

Digital cameras will be awarded to the photographers behind the three best images, with two runners up prizes in each category of entry.

Entries can be submitted via digital (CD or e-mail) or via post, with all nominees requested to show clear markings expressing their chosen category.

The terms and conditions for the 2006 competition reveal three possible categories; Under 18, 18 and over - non-professional and finally, 18 and over - professional.

Previous winners in the non-professional category include an image of a London Kiosk displaying the sign, ‘We are now selling English newspapers.’

While in the professional category, second place prize for 2005 went to Paula Leite, for perfectly capturing the moment a Chinese New Year parade of schoolchildren ran adjacent to a London road populated with Routemaster buses.

This year’s winners will all have their photographs displayed on the rise website, where the competition’s full rules of entry can be found.

Mayor Ken Livingstone reflected, “I want to see images which reflect one of the greatest aspects of this city – that London is one of the most diverse cities in the world and its different communities enjoy living side by side.”


10th April 2006

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