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Congratulations to our monthly ‘water’ competition winner #photography #photocontests #londonphotofestival


Taken in Helen, Georgia in the United States in 2014, with a Nikon D90. This was taken during my first exploration of the mountains on the East coast of the United States, which truly developed my love for mountains and waterfalls alike, and drove me to travel and explore much of the Blue Ridge Mountains over the past few years.


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Thames Lens 2016 Photography Competition Winners Announced! @TotallyThames #photography #London #photocontest #Thames

Totally  Thames in partnership with the Port of London Authority are proud to announce 2016 Thames Lens Photography Winners, Totally Thames annual photography competition. Now in its 12th year, the competition is open to non‐professional photographers.
Entrants were asked to submit photographs that captured the vibrancy and distinctiveness of the River Thames and were judged by a panel from the Thames Festival Trust and Port of London Authority alongside the London Photo Festival. From over 250 entries received, we can now announce that the 2016 winners are:
 Thames Lens 2016 Winner goes to Cairis Grant‐Hickey for Dare you! taken along the Thames footpath between Woolwich and the Greenwich peninsula.
 Thames Lens 2016 Runner‐up goes to Peter Murrell’s The Tour Bus taken at Tower Bridge.
 Port of London Authority Winner is awarded to John Clare for his Paddles Ahoy! taken at Kew Bridge at this year’s TideFest.
 London Photo Festival Highly Commended goes to Bubble Fun II by Britta Baumann taken along Bankside.
Adrian Evans, Totally Thames Director said “We wanted photographers to reflect on the Thames and its many narratives and visual facets. Thames Lens is a unique opportunity for photographers to convey the vibrancy and ever‐changing character of the River Thames and this year’s 258 entries certainly do that! It was a real challenge to select the winners but we think they all offer unique perspectives on the River Thames.”
Thames Lens is kindly supported by the Port of London Authority, Alistair Gale, Director of Corporate Affairs said “We are pleased to support Totally Thames bringing people back to the river through arts and cultural activities. The submissions to this year’s Thames Lens competition show the incredible beauty and the varied uses of the Thames. From art and architectural delight to the diversity of activities on the river: paddling sports and sailing; moving building materials for a growing capital city and using it to get to work.”
The winning photography can be seen here. The winning prizes include The View from The Shard tickets, Wildlife Photography Course with Iain Green at the WWT London Wetland Centre, Abitoffthemapp Camera Bags, London Photo Festival and subscription to Amateur Photographer Magazine.

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What’s coming up at the London Photo Festival? #photography #London #competitions #collaborations #exhibitions


We’ve got a lot happening and here’s how you can get involved:-

  1.  The top 3 winners of our landscape competition have been announced!  The exhibition of the top 20, including the top 3 winners, will run from 26th September until the beginning of 2017 at The Bridge Lounge.   Please check their website for opening times before visiting.
  2. We are pleased to announce the latest collaboration with Ensemble Perpetuo for an exciting new event called ‘Youth Revisited’. This exhibition will be a part of the Little Venice Music Festival and will take place on the afternoon of 8th October 2016. You can reserve your ticket here.
  3. We’ve also teamed up the Totally Thames Festival supporting their Thames Lens 2016 Photography Competition and they are looking for excellent, quirky photographs that succeed in bringing the Thames to life. Images must have been taken between the beginning of October 2015 and the end of September 2016, and can feature any part of the River Thames or Thames-related subject along the stretch of the Thames between Hampton Court and Erith.  Deadline for entries is Saturday 1st October 2016 at 5pm.
  4. As part of our 10th festival anniversary in May 2017, we are running a free street photography competition and you can enter your images here to be in with a chance to win an exhibition in London.
  5. We have just announced our architecture photography competition and you can enter here – win cash prizes and an exhibition in London.
  6. And last but not least, don’t forget our festival next year – the theme is ‘your journey’ or ‘your travels’ – this image could be taken on your way to work, walking the dog, journeys across the globe or showing us journeys around your city.



We are running another competition!

Calling all architectural photographers! If you fancy yourself as a photographer of the built environment, enter our first architecture photography competition for the chance to be exhibited in a central London venue and win some cash prizes. All you have to do is submit your images. Good luck!


The top 20 selected images will be exhibited at the prestigious Bridge Lounge Bar and Restaurant in London Bridge for three months from early 2017.

All finalists will be announced in the London Photo Festival & Gallery newsletter and a press release will be issued. Finalists will also receive recognition in online gallery display and social media exposure via Facebook, Twitter and our Blog.

Cash prizes of a total of £1,000 to be won.


Colour and black & white images will be accepted.


The top 20 selected images will be exhibited at a London location for 3 months. Out of the 20 selected, three will win:-

First Place: £650 cash prize
Second Place: £250 cash prize
Third Place: £100 cash prize

All finalists will be announced in the London Photo Festival; Gallery newsletter and a press release will be issued. Finalists will also receive recognition in our online gallery display on all our social media channels via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and our Blog.


All submitted images remain sole property of artist/photographer.

Entry Fee(s):

£10 – 1 image

£15 – 2 images

£20 – 3 images

£30 – 5 images

Colour and/or Black and White images will be accepted.




Contest is open to all individuals 18 years and older, worldwide.

Entry Deadline:

5th January 2017


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We speak to 2nd Runner Up Angela Baschieri #photography #Ethiopia #landscapephotography #photocontest

Angela Baschieri  is a researcher, a yogini and an amateur photographer. “I entered the this photography competition to show the beauty of the Ethiopian landscape. I am very happy that others appreciate the beauty and the magic of the Ethiopian landscape as much as I do”.

You can see more of Angela’s work here.


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We speak to 1st Runner Up George Digalakis #photography #Athens #Greece #landscapephotography #photocontest


George Digalakis was born and raised in Athens, Greece, where he still lives today. His first contact with photography was back in 1974, when he received a “Nettar” as a gift from his father. However, it was only in 2011 when he first studied photography at “Photoeidolo”, and became acquainted with classic and contemporary photographers, that he realized this medium would offer him a gateway from reality, and enable him to express his inner world.His true love for the art of photography was finally conveyed.

“The reason I took part in the competition, is the opportunity to show my work in London, one of the major cultural centers in Europe. The fact that I did win the 2nd prize, gives me confidence and  is a great encouragement to continue my efforts in creating beautiful images.”

You can see more of his work here.


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Winner of our #landscape #photography competition is announced! #London #photocontest #norway

Congratulations to Stian Nesoy who has won our Landscape Photography Competition with his image ‘Starry Night’.  You can see his image, the two runners up and the top 20 selected images at The Bridge Lounge in London from 26 September to early 2017.

These unique ice crystals were captured on a frozen river the high mountains of Norway’s west, winter of 2016. The image was shot in the narrow window of time between the river freezing over, but before snow blanketed the landscape. All while open water was found nearby, allowing the hoarfrost conditions needed to form the crystals. Seen here the crystals were at the largest I’ve seen before snow covered them.

In order to accurately capture the scene in faint moonlight, it was necessary to capture many focus points across the scene along with varying exposure times. All of which was painstakingly put together in post processing of the image.