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UrbanPhotoFest Open is now accepting submissions!
Call for Entries
The competition is seeking outstanding urban photography.
Join us for an opportunity to showcase your skills, win prizes and have your work screened at Tate Britain during UrbanPhotoFest 2017.
The competition is open from 1st June until 30th September 2017.
UrbanPhotoFest Open is an international urban photography competition, open to everyone globally over the age of 18. Now in its second year, the competition is seeking to find outstanding images that represent our cities.
Following review and feedback from last year's competition, we have expanded the competition to include 4 categories.
You are invited to submit up to 4 images across the categories that showcase your work.
Architecture: Architectural photography focuses on the surfaces, structures and forms of buildings and their associated environment.
Objects: Objects oriented photography explores the urban world through things and materialities.
People: People centred photography can include street and portraiture.
Urban Landscape: Urban Landscape photography explores what is revealed and hidden within city spaces.
The judges will select 3 overall prize winners and will select a further 17 images that will be screened at Tate Britain during UrbanPhotoFest 2017.
We are looking forward to seeing some visually compelling images across all four categories.
The UrbanPhotoFest Open is an international urban photography competition, developed and managed by the Urban Photographers Association, a non-profit organisation whose mission is to promote excellence in urban photographic practice, research and education.
The cost of entry is £6.50 per image or £20 for four images.
Credit cards accepted.
We have three generous prizes for the first three winners.
The three winning images will be shown on the Urban Photo Fest website.
The top 20 images will be screened at Tate Britain in November 2017
Our panel of experts in urban photography will select winning entries based on technical skll, diversity and originality
In 2016 our winner was Yangkun Shi
2016 winning image by Yangkun Shi
Yangkun Shi was presented with his prize at Tate Modern.
Learn more about his work here: http://www.shiyangkun.com
We are looking forward to finding a new winner for our 2017 competition!
Meet our judges
Rut Blees Luxemburg
Reader in Urban Aesthetics at the Royal College of Art, London.
Rut Blees Luxemburg is an artist who deals with the representation of the city and the phenomenon of the urban, ranging from large-scale photographic works, through public art installations and operatic mise-en-scène. She has been the subject of a monograph, Commonsensual, which details projects including the opera, Liebeslied/My Suicides, devised with the philosopher Alexander Garcia Düttmann, and documents public art installations such as Caliban Towers, with muf architects, and Piccadilly’s Peccadilloes in Heathrow Airport. She is also responsible for the iconic cover for the The Streets’ Original Pirate Material. In 2016, Rut joined the judges as part of Master of Photography screened on Sky Arts.
Creative Director, UrbanPhotoFest
Paul Halliday is a photographic artist, film-maker and urbanist based at Goldsmiths University London, where he convenes the international MA in Photography and Urban Cultures. As a former Channel 4 film director and media adviser to the British Refugee Council, he is particularly interested in the social and historical aspects of street-based urban photography. He is the creative director of UrbanPhotoFest and his visual work focuses on street-based urban photography and its relationship with cultural archaeology and urban sociology.
Organiser, UrbanPhotoFest Open
Gill Golding is an urban photographer whose visual research interests lie in the field of post-industrial cities, particularly with an emphasis on regeneration, gentrification and sustainability. Gill is a Visiting Research Fellow at Goldsmiths, University of London, has joined the Board of the International Visual Sociology Association, is Education Director of the Urban Photographers Association, Chair of London Independent Photography, a member of the Steering Group of UrbanPhotoFest and is the Organiser of the International Urban Photography Summer School.