Young Railway Photographer of the Year

Young Railway Photographer of the Year

Young Railway Photographer of the Year

Young Railway Photographer Of The Year Competition

About

The prestigious Rail Camera Club (RCC) is organising a new photographic competition to give an opportunity for budding and established railway photographers aged under 25 to showcase their work.  The competition, launched in November 2019, is being supported by Network Rail, the National Railway Museum, part of the Science Museum Group, Jessops Europe Limited, Mortons Media Ltd (Railway Magazine, Heritage Railway, Rail Express), Bauer Media (Rail, Steam Railway, Practical Photography), TimeLine Events, the Bahamas Locomotive Society and Silver Link Publishing.

Entries are invited to illustrate the “THE RAILWAY SEEN” using images with a railway connection that have been taken since 1 January 2019.

Pictures should illustrate the diversity of the current railway scene in the UK and the variety of subject matter available such as steam, electric and diesel traction, contemporary railway vehicles, architecture, people, landscapes, design features and abstract image. Some images might also show how the new blends with the old.  However, every picture must have some connection with ‘Britain’s railways today’.

Entries will not be accepted if they have been taken from an unsafe railway location or a location where the photographer has clearly been trespassing on railway property.

Entries will be accepted from any photographer aged 25 and under on 31 October 2020.

Young Railway Photographer Of The Year Competition

Prizes

Category One

Aged 18 and under

  • A Level 1 or 2 Photography Course provided by the Jessops Academy depending on the winner’s experience. Winners, if aged under 16, must be accompanied by an adult.
  • A year’s subscription to one or more magazines published by the Sponsors (Bauer Media and/or Mortons Media.
  • A Tram Driving Experience at the Heaton Park Tramway plus a ‘Behind the Scenes’ visit to Rail Story, Ingrow, Keighley, Yorkshire.
  • A Voucher towards a photographic event organised by TimeLine Events (aged 16 and over).
  • Complimentary Day Rover tickets for two to travel on the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway.
  • A Behind the Scenes photographic opportunity at the National Railway Museum, York plus a selection of NRM merchandise.
  • A Bundle of books provided by Silver Link Publishing Limited.
  • An opportunity to contribute to the RCC Print Folios.

Category Two

Aged 19-25

  • A Nikon P900 bridge camera provided by Jessops Europe Limited.
  • A year’s subscription to one or more of the magazines published by the Sponsors (Mortons Media and/or Bauer Media).
  • An Railway-related prize offered by the East Lancashire Railway
  • A ‘Behind the Scenes’ visit to Rail Story, Ingrow, Keighley.
  • A Voucher towards a photographic event organised by TimeLine Events.
  • Complimentary Day Rover tickets for two to travel on the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway
  • A Behind the Scenes photographic opportunity at the National Railway Museum, York plus a selection of NRM merchandise.
  • Bundle of books provided by Silver Link Publishing Limited.
  • An opportunity to contribute to the RCC Print Folios

Single Winner

Aged 25 and under

Forth Bridge looking down into Scotland
  • Ascend to the top of the Forth Railway Bridge and to take pictures from this fine and unique vantage point.

The Judges will be asked to select one image as the single winning picture from all the entries received. This need not be an image from one of the winning portfolios in Category One or Two of the Competition.

By courtesy of Network Rail the prize will be an opportunity for the winner and a guest to ascend to the top of the Forth Railway Bridge and to take pictures from this fine and unique vantage point.

Young Railway Photographer Of The Year Competition

Entry Form

About You

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Your Entry

Entrants are required to submit a diverse portfolio of six images based on the theme 'THE RAILWAY SEEN' as RGB JPEGs, there is a maximum file size of 10mb per image and with a minimum of 3000 pixels along the longest edge.

Photo 1

Photo 2

Photo 3

Photo 4

Photo 5

Photo 6

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Young Railway Photographer Of The Year Competition

Rules of Entry

The prestigious Rail Camera Club (RCC) is organising a new photographic competition to give an opportunity for budding and established railway photographers aged under 25 to showcase their work.  The competition, launched in November 2019, is being supported by Network Rail, the National Railway Museum, part of the Science Museum Group, Jessops Europe Limited, Mortons Media Ltd (Railway Magazine, Heritage Railway, Rail Express), Bauer Media (Rail, Steam Railway, Practical Photography), TimeLine Events, the Bahamas Locomotive Society and Silver Link Publishing.

THEME

Entries are invited to illustrate the “THE RAILWAY SEEN” using images with a railway connection that have been taken since 1 January 2019.

Pictures should illustrate the diversity of the current railway scene in the UK and the variety of subject matter available such as steam, electric and diesel traction, contemporary railway vehicles, architecture, people, landscapes, design features and abstract image. Some images might also show how the new blends with the old.  However, every picture must have some connection with ‘Britain’s railways today’.

Entries will not be accepted if they have been taken from an unsafe railway location or a location where the photographer has clearly been trespassing on railway property.

ENTRANTS

Entries will be accepted from any photographer aged 25 and under on 31 October 2020.

There are two age categories :

  • Category One – Photographers aged 18 and under.
  • Category Two – Photographers aged 19 – 25.

Successful entrants will be required to provide proof of eligibility at some stage in the competition.

Entries from young women and young people from under-represented communities are encouraged.

There is no entry fee.

FORMAT

Entrants are required to submit a diverse portfolio of six images based on the theme. They should be submitted on-line using the Competition web site (www.youngrailphotographeroftheyear.co.uk) as RGB JPEGs, a maximum file size of 10mb and with a minimum of 3000 pixels along the longest edge.

Details of each image (Name, Entry Category, picture title, image file number and contact details) must be provided on the Entry Form when images are sent.

The website will be open and available to accept entries from 1 November 2019 and entries must be received by 1 November 2020.

PHOTOGRAPHIC EQUIPMENT

Images can be taken on any piece of image-taking equipment including cameras and phones.  Each entrant will be required to provide details of the equipment used and any relevant technical information.

JUDGING

All portfolios will be assessed using a standard set of criteria based on the quality of the image, its composition and how the photographer has interpreted the Competition Theme.

A Panel from the sponsoring organisations will judge the entries in each category as a group of six images and will select an overall winner. The winners will be announced as soon as possible after 1 January 2021.

The winning entries plus a selection of other images submitted will be displayed on the competition web site – www.youngrailphotographeroftheyear.co.uk  – once the winners have been announced.

The judging panel will have sole responsibility to determine the competition winners and its decision will be final.

COPYRIGHT

The copyright of the images will be retained by the photographer although all entries will be accepted on the basis that the photographer gives permission for any images submitted to be reproduced by the sponsors without a fee in furtherance of the competition. Wherever possible images will be credited to the photographer.

PRIZES

Category One (18 years of age and under):

  • A Level 1 or 2 Photography Course provided by the Jessops Academy depending on the winner’s experience. Winners, if aged under 16, must be accompanied by an adult.
  • A year’s subscription to one or more magazines published by the Sponsors (Bauer Media and/or Mortons Media.
  • A Tram Driving Experience at the Heaton Park Tramway plus a ‘Behind the Scenes’ visit to Rail Story, Ingrow, Keighley, Yorkshire.
  • A Voucher towards a photographic event organised by TimeLine Events (aged 16 and over).
  • Complimentary Day Rover tickets for two to travel on the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway.
  • A Behind the Scenes photographic opportunity at the National Railway Museum, York plus a selection of NRM merchandise.
  • A Bundle of books provided by Silver Link Publishing Limited.
  • An opportunity to contribute to the RCC Print Folios.

Category Two (19 to 25 years of age):

  • A Nikon P900 bridge camera provided by Jessops Europe Limited.
  • A year’s subscription to one or more of the magazines published by the Sponsors (Mortons Media and/or Bauer Media).
  • An Railway-related prize offered by the East Lancashire Railway
  • A ‘Behind the Scenes’ visit to Rail Story, Ingrow, Keighley.
  • A Voucher towards a photographic event organised by TimeLine Events.
  • Complimentary Day Rover tickets for two to travel on the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway
  • A Behind the Scenes photographic opportunity at the National Railway Museum, York plus a selection of NRM merchandise.
  • Bundle of books provided by Silver Link Publishing Limited.
  • An opportunity to contribute to the RCC Print Folios

Single Winner:

The Judges will be asked to select one image as the single winning picture from all the entries received. This need not be an image from one of the winning portfolios in Category One or Two of the Competition.

By courtesy of Network Rail the prize will be an opportunity for the winner and a guest to ascend to the top of the Forth Railway Bridge and to take pictures from this fine and unique vantage point.

CHILD PROTECTION

Parental or Guardian consent will be required for any entrant under 16 and any prize winners under 16 will be required to be accompanied by a responsible adult should they attend any event or receive any prize offered or run by any sponsor.

DATA PROTECTION

Mortons Media have kindly offered to manage the web site and domain for the competition and all information gathered as a result of the competition will be managed in a manner consistent with the requirements of the Data Protection Act 2018 and the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR).

Whilst information provided by entrants as a direct consequence of entering the competition whilst it may be available to the organisers and sponsors none of the information will be passed on to any other body or individual not connected with the Competition.

ENQUIRIES

Any enquiries about the Competition should be sent to info@youngrailphotographeroftheyear.co.uk

DISCLAIMER

Whilst every attempt will be made by the Rail Camera Club or any of the Sponsors to hold the Competition in the manner outlined and/or to offer the advertised prizes neither the RCC nor any of the Sponsors will accept any liability for any cost or liability incurred should it be necessary to change, vary or cancel any of the competition arrangements or prizes should circumstances require it.

ASSOCIATED EVENTS

In addition to  images being published on the Competition website and in sponsors’ publications and publicity, it is hoped to arrange some associated events which will run alongside the competition or after the results have been announced.

For example it is hoped to arrange a special photographic opportunity for all entrants at the National Railway Museum plus an exhibition of winning pictures and a selection of other entries at the NRM during 2021. This exhibition may also go ‘on tour’ to other suitable venues.

It is also hoped that Silver Link Publishing, now an offshoot of Mortons Books, will publish a hardback glossy book featuring many of the entries.

NOTE

The Rail Camera Club comprises many of the UK’s leading railway photographers. It was formed in 1976 as a direct result of the decision to ‘retire’ the Railway Photographic Society (RPS) which was formed in 1922 and is cited by the National Railway Museum of having been instrumental in raising the standard of railway photography.

The RCC maintains the practice of its members producing prints which circulate between members on a regular basis thus giving an opportunity for each member to assess and comment on the picture in front of the member. Each contributor then has the opportunity to read colleagues’ comments when the box of prints eventually returns. A new print is then put in the box and the cycle continues.