The British Life Photography Awards

The Inaugural British Life Photography Awards

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

The British Life Photography Awards proudly announces the winners. 

Established in 2014 these awards recognise the talents of both amateur and professional photographers, while simultaneously reviving a greater awareness of documentary photography. Whether thought provoking, illuminating, poignant or humorous, this is a celebration of photographs that capture the very essence and spirit of British life - original and arresting images of our nation and people. There are ten separate categories including street life, rural life, portraiture and a special award for the best documentary feature.

Judge Caroline Metcalfe commented "There is a wealth of photographic material sitting right here at home, and the various categories in the British Life Photography Awards are testament to that. The photographs are broad and diverse, and reveal layers of life that speak louder than any words about our country. I loved this winning image of the Caravan by David Yeo under the quintessentially British chestnut tree. It somehow spoke to me of ‘This land we call home’. I liked the simplicity of it and the lighting of the woman inside. To me that gave the shot more interest, depth and idea of simple pleasures".

The Overall Winner

The British Life Photography Awards

British Life Photographer David Yeo wins first prize for this image entitled " Vroom with a View", taken in Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire.

Young British Life Photographer

Ella Turville, aged seventeen, wins the young photographer award with her image " Lord of the Flies", taken in Brighton, East Sussex.

The Category winners

  • Rural Life: Jim Donahue "Early Morning Rowers", Henley, Buckinghamshire
  • Urban Life: Terry Wood "The Shard in Winter", London
  • Street Life: Linda Wisdom "Yellow Rain", London
  • Portraiture: Brian Harris "Michael Hamburger", Suffolk
  • Work in the Community: Steve Morgan "Foundrymen", Halifax, West Yorkshire
  • Fashion: Rebecca Miller "Brit", Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire
  • Brits on Holiday: Heather Buckley "Brighton Pier", East Sussex
  • British Weather Carla Regler "Porthleven Washout", Cornwall
  • Historic Britain John Sturrock "Life before the Mobile Phone", London
  • Documentary Series: Zoë Barker "House of two Sisters", Ryde, Isle of Wight

View the 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, including all winning and commended entries, is on show at the Mall Galleries in London from Monday 2nd March until Saturday 7th March.

Kirkleatham Museum, Redcar,Yorkshire will host the show from September through to November 2015.

Further details and new venues will be added to the BLPA website in due course.

If you wish to host the exhibition please contact: Venetia Khan.


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.

To see the background slideshow full-screen, click the 'eye' icon at the top right of this page.

Not this one, the one at the top of the page.

Competition dates

2015 Awards 

The competition will re-open in early July. For future updates sign up to our newsletter.



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