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Workers busy unloading limestone, by Aravinda Ganesan, from the successful 2019 competition, which focused on the theme of style

ROSL Photography Competition 2021

Following the success of our 2019 ROSL Photography Competition we are pleased to announce that we are welcoming submissions for our 2021 Competition, focusing on the theme of ‘International Friendship’

Our 2019 Competition with the theme of ‘Style’ received over 250 submissions from 21 countries, providing a wonderful and diverse exhibition of images. With three prizes selected by our expert panel of judges, it also provided a valuable opportunity for those who entered to have their work seen by industry professionals.

Through our competition, we want to capture contemporary culture in the Commonwealth and ask that images be taken in the year prior to the competition deadline. For 2021, all images submitted must be taken from 7 September 2020, should relate to the chosen theme and have a link to current countries of the Commonwealth.

Free to enter, the competition has two categories, Camera and Mobile Phone, and applicants may submit up to five images across both categories to be judged individually. The Camera winner will receive £2,000, a trip to the clubhouse exhibition opening, a day of professional tutoring and their winning image will be published in Overseas magazine, the Mobile Phone winner will receive £1,000 and their winning image will also be published in Overseas magazine, and a Young Photographer from across the categories will receive £500 as part of ‘The Madiha Aijaz prize for a young photographer of promise’, which will be chosen solely by judge Farah Mahbub in memory of her colleague and friend. As before, the top 20 images will be displayed in the Over-Seas House Exhibition and the work will also be shared online.

The deadline for entries is 5pm GMT on Monday 6 September 2021, the 20 images selected for exhibition and overall prize-winners will be announced on Friday 24 September 2021 and the exhibition of final images will open at Over-Seas House on Tuesday 7 December 2021.

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