Open for Entries! British Life Photography Awards 2018

A showcase of contemporary and imaginative images that capture the essence and spirit of British life…

By 2014 Winner (Brits on Holiday) – Heather Buckley.

The 4th British Life Photography Awards is now open for entries!


The competition is open to all photographers – from amateurs to professionals – and includes 10 separate categories:-

  1. Rural Life – aspects of rural life including; agriculture, farming and fishing, capturing the relationship between people the land and coast. Life within villages and small communities including; local trade, country fairs, crafts, events, traditions, customs, culture, sport and leisure.
  2. Street Life – images of everyday life on the street, such as a crowded market, a city park or lively café culture. People from all walks of life, within a multicultural and cosmopolitan society.
  3. Urban Life – the urban landscape, cities and towns at work. Architecture and the built environment as an integral part of urban society, conveying mood, atmosphere and history. Including events, festivals, the conflict of the old and new, customs and culture.
  4. Life at Work – British people at work including: industry and trade, communications, the arts, science and technology, health, education, care, transport and leisure. Documenting the essence of working life, its diversity and contribution to life, and its relevance within in the community.
  5. Brits on Holiday – Day tripping, weekend breaks and activity pursuits have all joined more traditional bucket and spade, camping and hotel breaks as forms of holiday. This category aims to capture the diverse range of holidays and culture.
  6. Portraiture – The face of Britain. Portraits of any age capturing character, spirit and soul.
  7. British Weather – A national obsession. Blest with four seasons, British weather moulds our landscape, coast, the environment and communities. Images from parched landscapes to flooded meadows, windswept moors to spring sunlight.
  8. Historic Britain – Share your images of the past. This category is for images of any eligible subject taken before 1 January 1990. Subjects in all categories are eligible, but must still fulfil all general criteria for the competition, for example they must be taken in the United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland, the Isle of Man or the Channel Islands.  (As with all other categories, entries must be submitted as scans or digital images. We cannot accept prints or negatives.).
  9. Documentary Series and Photojournalist Award – This can be a sequence of images of any subject or topic conveying British life in a portfolio of between two and six images, using innovation in storytelling.
  10. University Award – A new award with a fabulous prize supported by Sony – a professional camera worth £2,000 – the α7 II E-mount Camera with Full Frame Sensor.  (Free entry for students at university during 2018.).


‘Ascot’ by Tom Pilston.

The BLPA states regarding the aims of this annual competition:-

‘Founded in 2014, BLPA recognises and showcases the work of established and emerging photographers, both professional and amateur of all ages, while also highlighting the relevance and importance of photography to raise awareness and inform.’.


‘Wet Wedding Day’ by Chrissie Westgate.

The overall winner will be awarded Sony products worth over £7,000!  These include:  an X9 65″ television; A7RM2 full-frame camera; a Zeiss FE 24-70 lens.

The individual category winners will receive one of their highly-advanced, up-to-the-minute cameras – from compact versions to Cyber-shots – and more!


Linda Wisdom – one of the BLPA 2018 judges – has previously exhibited at the London Photo Festival, Photo City London in 2017 and with the British Life Photography Awards at the Royal Albert Hall.  One of her images is also featured on the cover of the official 2018 BLPA winners’ book.

  1. Matt Bennett – Editor, Digital Photographer magazine.
  2. Terry Donnelly – Freelance Photographer.
  3. Lucy Ford – Picture Editor, Country Life magazine.
  4. Gordon Jenkins (Hon PAGB) – President of the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain.
  5. Jason Keene – Area Sales Manager Photo – Sony Europe.
  6. David Leveson – Photographer.
  7. Linda Wisdom – Photographer.


The competition charges a range of entry fees:-

The closing date for submissions is 29th September 2018.

See the BLPA website for terms and conditions, photographers’ rights, further submission guidelines and FAQs (


The exhibition catalogue – in 3 volumes – is now available for purchase here:


[Credits:  Feature image – ‘Festival’ by Naf Selmani (British Life Photography Awards Press Office);; BLPA Press Office]




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