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Photography competition

15 August 2014

LIFE & SOUL: show your church in action


Capture the worship or community activities taking place at your church

Enter our photography competition 'Life and Soul - show your Church in Action' being held in association with Churchcare.

ChurchCare, in association with the Church Times, is calling photographers of all ages and experience to take part in a competition to celebrate and capture the vast array of worship and community activities that take place within the Church of England's church buildings and churchyards.

The idea is to focus on church activities, rather than buildings - people, not just places. We're looking for images which reveal any kind of human interaction within church spaces.

There are three categories:

1 Worship and prayer

2 Community activities

3 "Chelfie" (you, your church and its people). This is for all ages.

For the two main categories, entries will be separated into two age groups - those under 16, and those aged 16 and over.

Entries will be judged on their composition, creativity and impact and must include people.

There will be separate prizes for images of worship and prayer, and images of community use. Entrants may submit a maximum of three images in each category (only one prize per person) which should be submitted via email to photocompetition@churchofengland.org with a completed entry form (see here) and release form (see here). Images must be jpegs, and at least 300 dpi and 3 mega-bytes in size, and be submitted with the date taken and name of the church. The deadline for entries will be 31 October 2014. Full terms and conditions can be found here (PDF document).

The judging panel - formed of the Chair of the Church Buildings Council, the Editor and Features Editor of the Church Times  and Eamon McCabe, the Picture Editor of the Observer - will meet in November  and winners will be contacted shortly after. With thanks to the Church Times, up to five first prizes will be awarded of £150 each. Winners will be recognised in print in the Church Times  and featured on the websites and social media of both ChurchCare and the Church Times.

Entries will ultimately be uploaded onto www.flickr.com and may be used for a travelling exhibition in 2015.

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