Well....some of you might've noticed that the photo competition is listed on the Levenshulme Festival website so I thought I should really pull my finger out and get things moving. The even keener-eyed amongst you might even have spotted a secretive sounding NEW event for this year – I'm still ironing out the details for that but keep your eyes open and you should see an announcement on here very soon. But for now...drum-roll please, start up the trombones, awaken the Nordic choir...it's...
The second annual LoveLevensulme Levenshulme Festival photography competition (basically it's going to keep going until someone suggests a less cumbersome name – I put this challenge out last year – PLEASE someone come up with something that is less trouble for me to type). Wahooo!
There are a few changes this year but the basics remain the same:
Between now and Sunday 6th November I will be taking digital photo submissions from children, teenagers and adults. To enter all you need to do to enter is email your photo to firstname.lastname@example.org along with your name, age and contact details. Please put “Levenshulme Photo Competition” in the subject line of your email.
And in exchange? Well, a good competition needs prizes and so far Levenshulme Festival have very kindly agreed to print up the winning photos and Inspire will be hanging them in the Bubble Cafe for the next year. Now that's a great prize and obviously, the fame, glamour and notoriety that comes with winning such a prestigious competition (National Geographic are fairly quaking in their boots) is worth it alone but I'd love to offer our winners some extra prizes too – are there any locals (residents, traders or organisations, maybe) out there who might be able to offer us something extra? The quirkier and un-photo related the better, I say.
I will also post the winning (and other notable) pictures on the blog and ask the photographer to share a little about what inspired them and winning and short-listed entries will be featured on Levenshulme Daily Photo.
Of course there has to be a theme and, being a fan of compilation albums (and, I admit, a bit stuck for theme ideas that aren't too limiting) I'm asking for photos to be taken to around the concept of “The Best of Levenshulme”. You can interpret that how you wish although I would ask that photos are taken in Levenshulme and the judges will be looking at how well your photo reflects the theme.
Ah, yes, the judges! I’m pleased to say that I’ve once again secured the judicial services of the folks behind both Levenshulme Daily Photo, who have very kindly agreed to give their time to sift through all the images.
I’ve also taken the decision to keep the competition open to Levenshulme residents and non-residents alike, so hopefully there'll be lots of entries from non-residents who have taken the time to visit Levenshulme and see what we have to offer (any non-residents reading this looking for ideas on what to do in Levy, there’s this blog you might’ve heard of...). That said, I’ve had ample opportunity to witness the talent and creativity of Levenshulme-folk over the last year or so and I'm holding out high hopes for the Levenshulme entries. Please send a link to the competition to your camera-happy friends who are unfortunate enough not to live in M19.
Details follow on procedures, terms etc. Please read them before you submit an entry. If I've missed anything or you have a question or even if you just want to say hello (hello!) email email@example.com.
Deadline for entries is 11.59pm on Sunday 6th November 2011. No entries will be accepted after that time and the judges’ decisions are final.
Try to keep image manipulation or cloning to a minimum, I think Levenshulme is gorgeous without airbrushing!
There are three categories - under 12s, ages 12-17, adults (18 and over). Please remember to state your age (or the age of your child) when emailing your entry.
Number of entries
You can enter as many images as you want. Not too many though. I do have a day job.
Legal(ish) stuff for you (boo!)
Your entry must be your own original work, must not be copied, must not contain any third-party materials and/or content that you do not have permission to use and must not otherwise be obscene, defamatory or in breach of any applicable legislation or regulations.
You will retain copyright of your entries at all times and will always be credited alongside your picture.
Legal(ish) stuff for us (even bigger boo!)
By entering you grant us a non-exclusive license to display your photograph in connection with the competition. Photographers will always be credited alongside their image. Under no-circumstances will I use submitted images for commercial gain unless it has been agreed on a case by case basis with the photographer.