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Commonwealth Photography Competition 2016

Deadline: Deadline: Always Open25-Apr-2016
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AwardCash prize ranges from £100 to £1,000
EligibilityCitizen of all ages
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Commonwealth Secretariat
Marlborough House
Pall Mall
London SW1Y 5HX
United Kingdom
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7747 6500
Fax: +44 (0) 20 7930 0827

What is Commonwealth Photography Competition 2016?

Commonwealth want to showcase and celebrate the beauty and individuality exhibited by each person living in the Commonwealth. They hope this competition inspires people throughout the 53 member countries of the Commonwealth to use their photography skills to engage with this year's theme of 'An Inclusive Commonwealth'. 

The competition is open to Commonwealth citizens of all ages, and photographs must have been taken in a Commonwealth country. The competition will run from 14 March until 25 April 2016.

Who can apply for this scholarship ?


  • Entrants must be citizens of a Commonwealth member country.
  • Photos must have been taken in a Commonwealth member country.
  • There is no age restriction for entry into the Competition.
  • One photo submission per entrant.
  • Entries will not be accepted from judges of the Competition or from individuals employed by the Secretariat.

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How can you apply ?

Application can be done online only.

Terms and Conditions


The 'Rules of Entry' as defined here for the Commonwealth Photography Awards 2016 (Rules) incorporate the Competition's 'Terms and Conditions' (Terms). The Terms shall govern in event of conflict. By submitting an entry, you agree to be bound by the Rules and Terms of the Competition. 

Competition deadline

The final closing date for entries into the Commonwealth Photography Competition is Monday 25 April 2016 at 12pm GMT.

Entering the Competition

Entries must be made via the Competition's online form and must include:

Entrant's name
Entrant's nationality
A photo caption
The location of where the photo was taken
A photo description explaining why/how the photo represents 'An Inclusive Commonwealth'.
Entry acknowledgement 

Your entry into the competition will be acknowledged by email. 

If your submitted photo adheres to the Rules and Terms of the Competition it will be approved and displayed on the Commonwealth Secretariat's Instagram account. Users will be encouraged to ‘like’ and comment on their favourite photos.

Approved photos will also be published on the Commonwealth Secretariat's Twitter and Facebook accounts.

Judging process

Criteria for judging will be based on:

Relation to the theme - how closely does the photography relate to the theme of 'An Inclusive Commonwealth'?
Composition - how has the shot been framed? What angle is it shot from? What is the subject of the image?
Focus - is the subject of the photo immediately clear?
Difficulty - how difficult was the shot to obtain?
Originality of idea

A panel consisting of staff from the Commonwealth Secretariat's Secretary-General's Office, Youth, Gender, Human Rights, and Communications Divisions will shortlist Competition entries.
Two external professional photographers will select one regional finalist from each of the Commonwealth's five regions, and the overall winner.


The winning photographs will form part of an exhibition at the Commonwealth Secretariat's headquarters in London throughout 2016. These photographs will also feature in a new Commonwealth Calendar for 2017 and be published and promoted on the Commonwealth's website and social media accounts. Each featured finalist will receive a copy of the calendar, in addition to a cash prize.

The decision of the judges is final. No correspondence will be entered into. All winners will be notified by email on/by 4 May 2016. 

Commonwealth Photographer of the Year 2016
The photographer with the picture judged by a panel of judges to be the best overall will receive a cash prize of £1,000 (GBP). 

Regional Awards
The best photographer from Africa, Asia, Caribbean and the Americas, Europe, and the Pacific will each receive a cash prize of £500 (GBP).

Highly Commended Award
The photographer with the entry which receives the most ‘likes’ on Instagram will receive £100 (GBP).

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