Don McCullin joins judging panel for Faith Through a Lens contest
War and documentary photography Don McCullin is encouraging photographers to enter the Faith Through a Lens competition, now in its third year.
Showcasing the positive impact of faith in the community, the Faith Through a Lens competition aims to inspire amateur photographers from across the UK to capture the essence of what is around us and inspires us in our community. This year it includes an additional category to promote ‘A Year of Service’, a new initiative that is highlighting, encouraging and linking up faith-led volunteering throughout the Diamond Jubilee year, supported by the Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG).
In his latest venture Don McCullin is going beyond his call of duty as a photographer - a career spanning over five decades - and has now turned his imaging head to the work of others, leading a panel of judges in the competition joined by Secretary of State for Communities, the Rt Hon Eric Pickles MP.
Speaking of last year’s winning image by Paul Verner, Don McCullin said: “It really spoke for itself. In the end the winning image will always stand out. As with young photographers, as it was when I was young, the thing that makes you proud is having your pictures published and having your name under it. That’s the most important thing, it was never about how much you get paid. Once you’re published you’ll get seen again and again and you start growing and developing confidence in yourself. It’s a great opportunity.”
When offering advice on subject matter Don continued: “We can have faith in all kinds of things. Faith in kindness, faith in love, faith in trust, there are many ways in dealing with faith. There’s a great opportunity there to take a broad decision when you choose to take that photograph. One immediately assumes it involves religion, it’s the response of people’s mind to the challenge.”
The entries will be judged based on a variety of criteria including visual impact, composition and emotional connection.
The three categories now open for entries are:
• Moments of Faith
• Community Spirit Against the Odds
• A Year of Service
An exclusive awards ceremony will be held in central London as part of the national celebration for A Year of Service during Inter Faith Week. The winning photographer in each of the three categories will receive a prize pack valued at £1,400, which includes a Nikon V1 camera. Winning photographers can also nominate a faith, charity or community group to receive £1,000 of audio-visual or photography equipment of their choice. Members of the public have the opportunity to influence the final selections by voting for their favourite image on the website.
For further details of the competition, including prizes, entry requirements and to upload your images please visit www.faiththroughalens.co.uk
Read the full interview with Don McCullin in the November issue of Photography Monthly magazine.
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