National Photography Competition Turns Spotlight on Faith Diversity

10 July 2016

Amateur photographers are invited to enter Faith Through a Lens photography competition.

Faith Through a Lens, now entering its 7th year aims to profile the positive effects of faith within a diverse range of communities. The competition, now open for entries, encourages amateur photographers from across the UK to capture what faith means to them.

Ten shortlisted finalists will be invited to an exclusive awards ceremony held in London on Wednesday 16 November 2016 to meet lead judge Don McCullin who will critique each of the shortlisted images. This is followed by the announcement of the overall winner and two highly commended entries. The winning photographer will receive a personal prize valued at £1,000 which includes a Nikon D5500 D- SLR camera and accessories worth up to £650. The two highly commended photographers will be rewarded a personal prize valued at £850 which also includes a Nikon D5500 D- SLR camera. Each finalist will also receive an exciting prize bag worth over £200 including a Huggler hard cover photobook and Don McCullin’s latest illustrated autobiography.

The judging panel comprises internationally renowned photojournalist Don McCullin who has been lead judge since the competition began in 2010. Don is joined by Aaqil Ahmed, Head of Religion and Ethics at the BBC, Revd. Dr David Cornick, General Secretary of Churches Together in England, BAFTA member Paresh Solanki, photojournalist Hazel Thompson, and Stuart Young of Congregational & General Insurance (Congregational).

Stuart Young from Congregational, said: “In launching Faith Through a Lens 2016, we hope to uncover special moments that really demonstrates that faith exists and the importance it plays in every day life”.

“The judges are looking for an original and creative image that stands out and encapsulates faith. The image could depict a moment of faith, community sprit against the odds, illustrate a community hero or show how particular faiths are represented in the UK. “We have received some thought provoking interpretations in the past and we look forward to seeing more in this years’ competition.”

Faith Through a Lens is open for amateur photographers over the age of 16 until 3 October 2016. There are no restrictions on the type of camera that can be used. Images from mobiles, smart phones and tablets are welcomed.

For more information and to enter this year’s competition visit A gallery of this year’s submissions and last year’s winning images are also available to view on the website.