Faith Through a Lens 2014: Call for Entries

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Insight’s friends at Faith through a Lens have put out a call for entries to UK residents for STILL PHOTOGRAPHS that capture the idea of ‘faith in a community’. We encourage our readers based in the UK to enter the competition by the deadline date: midnight on 15 October 2014.

The 5th Edition of Faith Through a Lens

Faith Through a Lens, the prestigious, annual amateur photography competition that celebrates diverse representations of faith has launched today. The contest is the brainchild of national church insurer Congregational & General and is supported by the Congregational & General Charitable Trust.

Theme

Open to amateur photographers across the UK, Faith Through a Lens 2014 calls for creative photography that showcases everyday demonstrations and expressions of faith.

Last year’s winner, John Sykes, captured a pensive moment of a young monk at Angkor Wat, Cambodia, and was praised by judges for its beautiful paint-like contrast and striking composition.

Judging panel

The winner and two highly-commended entries are to be decided by the Faith Through a Lens judging panel, led by internationally renowned photo-journalist Don McCullin. With a career spanning over 50 years, Don McCullin is recognised for his depiction of war, urban strife and the impoverished.donmccullin

Insight Film Festival Director, John Forrest, filmed an interview with Don McCullin at the awards ceremony for the Faith Through a Lens 2013 event (see blog posting, ‘Don McCullin, iconic war photographer, talks to Insight‘)

This year, Faith Through a Lens’ ongoing relationship with Inter Faith Network and Churches Together in England continues as Paresh Solanki and Rev Dr David Cornick respectively retain their places on the judging panel, with award-winning photojournalist Hazel Thompson also joining the team. Hazel Thompson has undertaken assignments in over 40 countries for some of the world’s leading media organisations. Highly-regarded for contributing global awareness to social and humanitarian issues through her photography, Hazel Thompson adds her unique expertise to the judging team.

Awards ceremony and prizes

One winner, along with two highly commended entries, will be announced at an exclusive awards ceremony held in Central London during Inter Faith Week 2014 (16-22 November 2014). Ten shortlisted finalists will be invited to the event and each will receive photography prizes worth £250. The three winning entrants can nominate a charity, faith or community group to receive £1000 worth of audio-visual or photography equipment of their choice, along with claiming £1000 and £850 worth of personal prizes respectively. This includes Albelli photo books vouchers, a Huggler photo book, Rachel Bridgen Photography tuition vouchers and Serif software packages.

Rationale

Margaret Slater, Marketing Manager at Congregational, said: “In launching Faith Through a Lens 2014, we hope to capture the vibrant, diverse and significant role faith plays in people’s lives. Now in our fifth year, we’ve received some thought-provoking interpretations of faith in the past and we look forward to seeing more in this year’s competition.

“With each passing year, Faith Through a Lens has grown considerably and we’re expecting another record level of entries for 2014. We’re also delighted to welcome award-winning photojournalist Hazel Thompson to our judging panel, whose insight will add to our already notable judges’ expertise.”

Further information

Amateur photographers over the age of 16 can find further information about the competition, including prizes, entry requirements, how to upload images and how to enter by visiting the Faith Through a Lens website.

Entries to the competition will be available to view for the duration of the competition through the website and on Congregational’s social media channels at Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.