Terms and conditions and competition rules
Entries must be submitted via the Harrow Giving website by midnight on the 6th August 2023.
As a condition of entry, entrants consent to the retention of information for the purposes of this competition and subsequent promotions and exhibitions related to the competition.
Entrants also consent to the use of their entered photograph in all activities connected to the Harrow Photographer of the Year Awards. This may include on websites, social media, at community events and in the exhibition. We reserve the right to include photographs entered into the competition to produce promotional material and merchandise – for example, fliers or print-on-demand calendars. The photographer will always be credited alongside their image and images will not be used outside the context of the competition.
Photographs must meet the competition’s size guidelines (see below).
All photographs must have been taken in the London Borough of Harrow in the last year (between 6th August 2022 and 6th August 2023) . We may ask for supplementary information to verify the location and date.
Photographs must be entirely the photographer’s own work. Some minor post-production, such as increasing resolution or other minor touch-ups is permitted, but this should not extend to substantially altering the photograph, such as merging several images or using AI. We reserve the right to ask for additional evidence where we suspect altering may have occurred, such as the unaltered image, or other images from the same occasion.
We reserve the right to reject any entry we deem to be inappropriate or likely to cause offence.
We understand a ‘portrait’ to be a photograph of an individual or a small group where the people are the subject of the photograph.
Portrait photographs require a completed permission form from the people pictured (or their guardians, in the case of children). Whilst legally, the rights to a photograph reside with the photographer, we feel it is good manners and – in the case of children – important for safeguarding, to have obtained permission. You can download a simple permission form here.
Photographs that include people at events or in public places (where the subject of the photo is the scene or the event) are not classed as portraits and do not require the photographer to obtain permission.
Everyone entering the competition will need to provide contact details and consent to Harrow Giving contacting you in relation to the competition. We will not pass your details on to third parties without seeking permission.
Entrants are able to withdraw from the competition at any time.
Low resolution version, for entry
NB: Make sure you keep a copy of your original photograph before resizing!
For entry we require photos to be digital quality (smaller than print, so our systems aren’t overwhelmed). The image must be saved in the JPEG file type, quality level of 10 (80%) or less than 5Mb. The file name should be your first and last name, followed by either 1, 2 or 3 (as you are allowed up to 3 entries).
If you need help resizing your image, SAVE A COPY FIRST, then google ‘image resizer’ online. Adobe has a free tool .
High resolution, if shortlisted
If you are shortlisted, we will request a high resolution copy of your photograph – at least 4800 pixels along the longest dimension. Entrants will need to confirm they are able to submit this – so make sure you have your phone or camera set to take high resolution photographs.
Prizes will be awarded under three categories:
- Harrow Photographer of the Year – judge’s choice
- Harrow Photographer of the Year – people’s choice
- Harrow Young Photographer of the Year
We reserve the right to create additional awards and commendations.
The judging panel will include representatives from the community, photographers and artists.
Members of the public will get the opportunity to vote for the People’s Choice award at community events in August and September, which we will publicise on our website, social media and e-newsletter.
- Your photograph printed, mounted, and displayed in an exhibition during the Autumn 2023.
- Cash prize for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places in each category. Top prize is £250.
- A certificate and framed copy of your winning entry.