The British Life Photography Awards

The 2015 British Life Photography Awards

A showcase of contemporary and imaginative images that capture the essence and spirit of British life


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This is your chance to win a prestigious photography award and first prize valued at £6,000. With an overall prize fund worth over £10,000 sponsored by Sony, winners and commended entrants will have their work displayed in an exhibition and book. This photographic competition is a showcase for contemporary and imaginative images that capture the essence and spirit of British life.

Heather Buckley, Winner, Brits on Holiday, 2014 Heather Buckley, Winner, Brits on Holiday, 2014

With  ten separate categories documenting real life through original, illuminating, thought provoking, humorous and poignant imagery. Covering everything from street life, rural life, portraiture and a special award for the best documentary feature, the awards celebrate British life and culture whilst also highlighting the relevance and importance of photography to raise awareness and inform. 

The competition is open to all photographers both amateur and professional.

A special prize will also be awarded to the best young photographer.

View the 2014 winners and a selection of commended entries here

The Book

British Life Photography Awards Portfolio 1, published by The Ilex press, includes the winners and commended entries from 2014, with hundreds of eye-opening images giving a thought provoking, beautiful and refreshing view of life in the UK today. RRP £20. Available online and from all good bookshops. Purchase the book here.

The Exhibition


The exhibition of around 100 images from the 2014 competition, including all winning and commended entries, will be at the  Kirkleatham Museum, Redcar,Yorkshire from September through to November 2015.


Mall Galleries - 7th -13th March 2016

Banbury Museum - 25 March to 9th July 2016

If you wish to host the exhibition please contact:  Adam Sanders


 The overall prize fund is worth over £10,000 from lead sponsor  Sony.

First prize:    A Sony X9 4K 55" Television, A7S Full Frame Camera and a Zeiss FE 24-70 lens

Each category winner will receive a Sony Digital Camera.

See the full prize list here.

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Competition dates

2015 Awards 

The competition opened for entry on 1st July 2015 until midnight 26th September 2015. For future updates sign up to our newsletter.



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