Rose Theatre, Kingston History Centre and Friends of Kingston Museum and Heritage Service are delighted to announce the launch of a new photography competition, Lockdown & Out.
Have you taken a photo during lockdown or as you are starting to venture back outside? Do you fancy having a chance to win prizes and have your work displayed at the Rose Theatre and Kingston History Centre?
Every year, Kingston History Centre and the Friends of Kingston Museum and Heritage Service run a photography competition called Capture Kingston. This year’s theme, delivered in partnership with Rose Theatre, is Lockdown & Out, inspired by lockdown, self-isolation and the changes we are still living through in the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic.
We are inviting members of the public to submit photos that document life during the pandemic. We are interested in all of your photographs, spanning from the early days of Covid-19 through to the easing of restrictions and beyond. The competition is open to entrants of all ages and entries are being accepted until 6 January 2021.
There are three categories in which photos will be judged by our panel, and a number of prizes will be awarded. The panel is made up of the Rose Theatre, Committee Members from Friends of Kingston Museum & History Centre, Kingston Heritage Service Team, Kingston School of Art and Kingston University.
All photos will also be included in an exhibition hosted by the Rose Theatre and History Centre and will contribute to Kingston’s photographic collection, becoming part of the Borough’s Archive and ensuring that future generations understand what it was like to live, work, or study in Kingston through a global pandemic.
We encourage applicants to be creative. Some ideas may include: social distancing, reunions with friends and family, celebrations during lockdown (birthdays, VE Day, Pride etc.), leisure work or study activities and creative projects.
Some ideas to get you started are: empty public spaces/quiet streets and landmarks, the view from your window, signage and things that really show how the Borough changed.
Objects that represent an aspect of lockdown whether items found out and about or at home or artworks created by the community or at home in response to Covid.
A winner will be chosen from each of the 3 categories above, and the prize will be a pair of tickets to a performance at the Rose Theatre. In addition, prizes will be awarded as follows:
Prize money of £50 and a pair of tickets will be awarded to the favourite photo of the Friends of Kingston Museum and Heritage Service.
Prize money of £40 and a pair of tickets will be awarded to the best under-18 entry that illustrates life in the Borough during Covid.
Prize money of £25 and a pair of tickets will be awarded to the best photograph of Hook, Chessington, New Malden or Tolworth during Covid.
Prize money of £25 and a pair of tickets to the image that, in the opinion of the judges, most accurately captures a moment of life in the Borough at this period in time.
A pair of tickets will be awarded to the image that is voted for by members of the public.
- Email them to [email protected]
- Or WeTransfer them to [email protected]
The competition is open until midnight on 6 January 2020.
Anyone who lives, works, or studies in the borough can take part.
Your photograph must have been taken after 1 March 2020.
Photographs can be taken on any device and can be colour or black and white. Filters and other effects may be applied.
Photographs should be in JPEG/.jpg format and no larger than 3mb. Each image should be 300dpi.
Up to ten photographs may be submitted per entrant, maximum five in one series.
All entrants must complete this form to enter: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdwV2VBlZHfwZ2IiDD-8cZfSFAPcJO0vyQZlblUe_JXovOmLg/viewform
By submitting your entry, you confirm that your entry is your own original work, is not defamatory and does not infringe any UK laws or third-party rights, and that there are no conflicting agreements in place that restrict usage of your entry. You also confirm that you are the sole owner of the copyright in the entry.
All entries from a young person under the age of 16 must include parent/guardian consent. There is a question about this on the entry form - entries that have not got permission will not be able to be included.
We will assume that all submissions have the permissions of anyone featured in the photograph (this is the responsibility of the entrant) If your photograph contains an image of a minor (person under the age of 16) or vulnerable adult, then you will be required to submit a minor release form signed by the parent or legal guardian of the minor alongside your submission.
In producing the photograph, you must not put yourself or anyone else in danger, and must avoid the spread of Covid-19 (coronavirus) by abiding by any social distancing provisions in force under current UK Government guidelines, which can be found at https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus
By entering photos into the competition you are gifting your image to Kingston Heritage Service’s photographic collection, held at Kingston History Centre. Meaning that your photograph(s) will become part of the Borough’s Archive, ensuring that future generations understand what it was like to live, work, or study in Kingston through a global pandemic.
The main purpose of taking photographic images into the collection is to be able to share them with current and future generations. Giving copyright to Kingston Heritage Service is important, as to accept images as part of the historical archive we need to be able to make them freely available.
Transferring copyright also means the Heritage Service can use the images on our website, in exhibitions and for marketing purposes which saves us money and allows us to concentrate our resources on building a historical record of Kingston and looking after documents, images and objects in our care.
We would be delighted if you are able to hand over full copyright to Kingston Heritage Service for reasons outlined above, we understand that this isn't always possible. When you complete the entry form you will be given two options relating to copyright and permissions.
You can either agree to transfer copyright to Kingston Heritage Service. Your gift of copyright with this image will make a huge difference to how we and future generations can use and help to preserve this image going forward.
Or you can highlight that you need to keep copyright but you agree for Kingston Heritage Service to use your image in future partnership projects or in an educational or marketing capacity. This includes but is not limited to an exhibition across the Rose Theatre and History Centre, website of both organisations, social media channels and in the press.
In both cases the Entrant will be credited for the use of their photograph, wherever practicable.
You can find more information at the Borough’s website here.