Port Sunlight Photographer of the Year – Enter the 2024 competition

 

To celebrate the upcoming British Press Photographers’ Association exhibition Assignments 2024 coming to Port Sunlight between 8 June – 1 September, PSVT is excited to launch the Port Sunlight Photographer of the Year competition.

Entries will be judged by international press photographers Paul Ellis and Bruce Adams, with the winner featuring in a new Port Sunlight calendar. Photographers of all levels of experience are invited to submit their snaps taken in and around this special village.

The competition is open for entries until Monday 15 April, 11.30am (GMT).

Read on for information and tips to help you with your entry into the Port Sunlight Photographer of the Year competition. Be sure to also read the rules before submitting your photos. Good luck!

Entry fee

The entry fee for the competition is £15. This fee is only payable online here.

Entries will not be accepted after the closing date of Monday 15 April 2024, 11.30am (GMT).

Why is there an entry fee?

Income from entries to the competition is vital to funding the smooth running of the competition, and the production of the Port Sunlight annual photographic calendar.

The money raised from both the competition and calendar sales will support the maintenance of Port Sunlight’s monuments, including the Boating Pond and War Memorial.

Port Sunlight Village Trust is a registered charity working to preserve and promote Port Sunlight, with an aim to make the village an inspiring place to live, work and visit for everyone. We have ambitions to grow the Port Sunlight Photographer of the Year competition by reaching new audiences and raising awareness of Port Sunlight’s special beauty, unique heritage and thriving community.

Competition rules

Photographs must have been shot within the past two years. The capture date must be after January 2022 and evidenced on request.

You must not do anything that causes or may cause damage to Port Sunlight’s built heritage, green spaces or residential properties. You must not trespass on private property. You should ensure that any individual identifiable in your submitted photograph has given written permission.

You are responsible for ensuring full compliance with PSVT’s use of drones policy here. Any submitted photographs taken using a drone without prior permission from PSVT will not be accepted.

File requirements

Entries must be submitted as JPEGs, saved at a high-quality setting of at least 8 in Photoshop, Adobe RGB (1998), and at 1920 pixels along the longest dimension. Please do not include borders, watermarks or signatures.

If your image is selected for the Final Round of judging you will need to provide a RAW file, original untouched JPEG (with a range of ‘before’ and ‘after’ original untouched JPEG files), original transparency or negative so the judges can check any adjustments comply with the rules. If you cannot supply these, your entry will be withdrawn from the competition.

Submitted photographs must carry basic caption information, who, what, where, when in the metadata of the JPEG file. It should also carry the camera original digital metadata (IPTC). This will confirm the date the picture was taken for the judges.

You will also need to supply a high-resolution file suited to printing in all media. A TIFF file is preferred.

This should be 8-bit, Adobe RGB (1998) at full resolution. Please do not upscale.

Acceptable digital adjustments

A limited number of digital adjustments to photos are permitted providing they comply with the competition’s principles of authenticity and so do not misrepresent reality. These include:

  • tone adjustments
  • contrast adjustments
  • burning
  • dodging
  • cropping
  • sharpening
  • noise reduction
  • minor cleaning work (such as the removal of sensor dust or scratches on transparencies/scans, or the removal of chromatic aberration, lens distortion and vignetting).
  • HDR
  • stitched panoramas
  • stacking – photograph stacking and combined for the purposes of; focus stacking, exposure blending, noise reduction or lengthening exposure if taken at the same location at approximately the same time (as a continuous sequence) or within the Natural Artistry category only as multiple exposures in-camera

The following digital adjustments are not allowed:

  • adding, moving or removing objects, animals or parts of animals, plants, people, etc.
  • the removal of dirt, highlights, backscatter, bubbles, debris and similar composites
  • painting the foreground or painting out the background
  • AI generated photographs or images.
  • Post-processing methods that add new image content to the photograph via AI algorithms or by manual intervention.

Images must not be altered in any way that alters the integrity of the original photograph. No element should be digitally added to or subtracted from any photograph. Only retouching by the use of the cloning tool or similar to eliminate dust and scratches is acceptable. HDR photography is not acceptable. PSVT reserves the right to ask potential finalists for their original file to ensure these rules are adhered to.

 

How to submit

You can submit a total of 4 photos to the Port Sunlight Photographer of the Year competition.

Photographs must have been shot within the past two years. The capture date must be after January 2022 and evidenced on request.

Colour and black and white images can be entered into all of the categories.

To submit your photographs, please send by email to photocomp@portsunlightvillage.com including your full name, date of birth, address, email and telephone number. Please also provide a title for each submitted image, the make and model of the camera/device used, the date it was taken and corresponding image file name.

Photographs can be sent via a file transfer platform (such as WeTransfer) if necessary, however please ensure to send your details in a separate email.

Once your photographs have been submitted, you will need to pay the entry fee . Only entrants who have paid their entry fee will be considered.

How is the competition judged?

This year’s competition is being judged by press photographers Paul Ellis and Bruce Adams from The BPPA. Each submission is reviewed anonymously. Judging comprises two rounds. During the final round, images will undergo an authenticity check to ensure the entry complies with our rules and ethics.

We’re looking for photographs that capture Port Sunlight’s heritage, landscapes and people. How you interpret that is up to you!

About Paul Ellis

Paul is a staff photographer for international news agency, Agence France-Presse. He covers news and sport, predominantly in the north of England but can often be found on assignment around the world.

His career, spanning almost 30 years, includes work for national and international titles as a freelance after working for regional newspapers and news agencies as a photographer and picture editor. His 18 years at AFP have seen him cover world championship events in football, rugby, cricket, golf, tennis and many other sports. In news he has covered royal weddings, funerals, papal visits, state openings, political events, general elections and the more recently the coronation of King Charles III.
He is past president of the Liverpool Press Club, recently was the chair of The British Press Photographers’ Association and is currently chair of the jury of photography in the Sport Journalists Association Awards.

Born in Hull, East Yorkshire, he studied photojournalism in Sheffield before moving to the north west. He has lived on the Wirral with his family for nearly 20 years.

About Bruce Adams

Bruce is a staff photographer for Britain’s biggest selling newspaper the Daily Mail. He covers news, features, royal tours, exclusive celebrity/political interviews and all other subject matter except sport. He works mainly in the North of England but can often be found on assignment around the world. His career, spanning more than 30 years, includes work for national and international titles. Beginning as a staff photographer at a local newspaper on the south coast of England, he freelanced in London working for several national newspapers before working as a staff photographer and picture editor for the Daily Mail in Scotland.

His 25 years for Associated Newspapers have seen him cover the 2003 US and allied invasion of Iraq, earthquakes, royal weddings, funerals and foreign tours, papal visits, civil disturbances, celebrity interviews, political conferences, general elections and more recently the coronation of King Charles III.

He is currently on the Board of The British Press Photographers’ Association.

Born in Surrey, he studied photojournalism in Sheffield before returning to Bournemouth where he was raised then moved to London and later Glasgow. He has lived in Manchester with his family for the past 24 years.

 

What is the prize?

Not only will the Port Sunlight Photographer of the Year competition winner catch the eye of renowned international press photographers Paul Ellis and Bruce Adams, their winning photograph will be featured in a new Port Sunlight calendar. The calendar will be published and on sale later in 2024, with every penny made from sales going to support our work to care for the village. There will also be a runner-up prize (to be confirmed).

A selection of entries will also be exhibited online on our website, as well as featured on our social media.

Social media

Have you entered the competition or would like to spread the word? Please use the hashtag #PortSunlightPOTY and tag @PortSunlight on X/Twitter or @portsunlightvillagetrust on Instagram.