Bedford Park Festival Photography Competition 2020

The Bedford Park Festival photography competition and exhibition will take place entirely online this year. You will be able to see all the photographs on The Chiswick Calendar website and vote for your favourite in each category, just as in previous years you have been able to do in person at St Michael & All Angels parish hall.

The Coronavirus epidemic has kiboshed the Bedford Park Festival along with every other event this summer, but it has also meant that the need to raise money for the festival’s charities is greater than ever, so while there won’t be concerts and events in the normal way, there will be some elements of the festival, including some new ideas for events, taking place online.

The photography competition is a brilliant community event, open to everyone, of all ages. Please submit a photograph, or photographs you’re proud of, telling us which categories you would like them to be entered in. The pictures will be on display on The Chiswick Calendar from the evening of Friday 13 June. Members of the public will have until midnight on Sunday 28 June to vote on their favourites. The public chooses a winner in each category and then a professional photographer will choose an overall winner.

All the photographs will remain on the website for all to see.

Photograph above: Gopher (?) by James Mumby

Some of last year’s entries: Animals – Stag by Mark Lawson / Landscapes & Seascapes – Garden by Mando Mendolicchio / Chiswick Life – ‘Pulling together’ by John Clare

Categories

  • Chiswick Life
  • Portraits & People
  • Animals
  • The Natural World
  • Landscapes & Seascapes
  • The Built Environment
  • Serendipity (quirky / funny or downright bizarre!)
  • Young people’s (16 and under, all subjects)

Prizes

The winners will receive vouchers from Snappy Snaps Chiswick for printing and framing. Category winners will receive Snappy Snaps print and framing vouchers to the value of £100. Overall winner will receive a custom framing voucher valued at £250.

John Fitzgerald, Chiswick franchise holder for Snappy Snaps, says they are:

“Delighted to support the Bedford Park Photographic Competition again this year with prizes for the category winners. Snappy Snaps remain proud sponsors of this event since its inception many years ago and we would like to wish all entrants the best of luck”.

One of last year’s entries. Serendipity – ‘Banjo’ by Ray Marsh 

How to enter

1. Email Bridget

To enter the competition, please email Bridget Osborne at this address:
Bridget@thechiswickcalendar.co.uk with the following details:
• Name
• Address (including post code)
• Telephone number
• Number of photographs you’re submitting for entry
• Which category each photograph is entered in
• Age if you are 16 or under
• Digital copies of the photographs you are entering.

Last date for entries, midnight on Wednesday 10 June.

Some of last year’s entries: The Built Environment – Nigel McFall / The Natural World – Anna Kunst

Photograph sizes

Don’t worry about the size, as long as the photograph is above 100kb. We are happy to resize larger images to make them suitable for the website.

We Transfer

It may be easier to send the photographs separately by We Transfer, especially if they are quite high resolution.

If you’ve not used We Transfer before, it is free and very simple to use. Just go to the We Transfer website – www.wetransfer.com
and enter the following information:

Email to: Bridget@thechiswickcalendar.co.uk

Your email – Add your own email address

Message – Add a message: Joe Bloggs’ photographs for the Bedford Park Festival competition

Add Your Files
Click on the + sign. Find the photograph you want to submit on your computer, select it and click Open. When you’ve added all the photographs you’re entering the competition, hit Transfer.

That’s it!

Your photographs will be reproduced on The Chiswick Calendar with a line of text saying that the photographer owns the copyright, but in any case they will be reproduced at too low a resolution for them to be downloaded and printed with any degree of quality. By entering the competition you are agreeing for your photographs to be shown on the website.

2. Pay the fees

Adults: £4 per photo or £10 for three
Young people (16 and under) enter free

Pay to enter on the Bedford Park Festival website. Details of how to pay will be on their website shortly. The money goes to the Bedford Park Festival’s charities. Remember it’s not the winning, it’s the taking part! Especially as we’re raising money for charity.

Read more stories on The Chiswick Calendar

See also: Winner & runners up in 2019 Bedford Park Festival Photography Competition

See also: Chiswick photographer’s portrait on show at the National Gallery