Guidelines and rules for the competition

The competition is now closed.

The winners were announced at the Award Ceremony at Four Corners on Thursday 1 July 2010.


There are two categories for adults: professional and amateur, and two categories for children: aged 5 – 11 and aged 12 – 17.

Entrants to the adult categories must be aged 18 or over on the closing date (30 April 2010). Entrants to the children categories must be aged 5 to 17 on the closing date.

The competition

The My East End photography competition is part of My East End, a photography and archive project run by Bishopsgate Institute, Four Corners, Geffrye Museum and Birkbeck College.

The competition is open to anyone except those involved in its organisation, employees and families of Bishopsgate Institute, Four Corners and the Geffrye Museum.

Entry to the competition is free.

Timing and closing date

The competition will open on Monday 1 February 2010 and close on Friday 30 April 2010. Entries received after this deadline will not be accepted.

Finalists will be notified by 30 May 2010.

The Award Ceremony will take place at Four Corners on Thursday 1 July 2010.

Number of entries

Only one photograph may be entered per person, in only one category. The photo must have been taken within the six months prior to the closing date on Friday 30 April 2010..

For group entries, only one photograph per group member can be entered into the competition. The photo must have been taken within the six months prior to the closing date.

Subject matter and judging criteria

We welcome a wide variety of styles and approaches. This can include photos of streets, buildings, people, open spaces and domestic interiors – whatever the East End means to you.

Entries will be judged on:

  • how well the photograph captures the spirit of your East End
  • approach to subject matter
  • style and composition (including use of light).

Entries may be in black and white or in colour. All kinds of photographic approaches are welcome.

Retouching / manipulation of photos is accepted provided that all works are original and not copies of other people’s works.

The photo must have been taken within the six months prior to the closing date on Friday 30 April 2010.

Entrants should provide a short caption of not more than 25 words to accompany their photograph.

The Judges/Organisers reserve the right to refuse photographs that they consider offensive or inappropriate; for example photos that are obscene, in poor taste or that incite political, racist or religious hatred.

Submitting, image size and format

Entries should be submitted electronically as JPEG files to

Postal entries will be accepted – as either original photographs or as scans from film or prints on a CD/DVD compatible with a Windows-based PC. The postal address is: My East End competition, Bishopsgate Institute, 230 Bishopsgate, London EC2M 4QH.

Entrants who are selected by the Judges to take part in the final exhibition will be asked to provide, where possible, a high resolution image for reproduction within 14 days of notification. Details of how to send the file will be provided at the time.

If a photograph reaches the final round of judging you will be asked to supply, where possible, the largest file available that it is an adequate file size for reproduction in the exhibition, either: RAW file (e.g. *.NEF, *.CR2, *.CRW), or original JPEG as as captured by the camera or an original negative if shooting on film.

Judging and notification

The Judges have been appointed by the My East End organisers and will be listed on the website but may be subject to change. The organisers’ decision on all matters relating to the competition is final, and no correspondence will be entered into concerning the competition’s judging and organisation.

The Judges will select four finalist images from each of the four categories (12 images in total). There will be one overall winner in each category and three runners up. Additional photographs will be Highly Commended.

Finalists will be notified by email and their names will be posted on the website.

Winners and commended photographers will be notified by 30 May 2010, and finalists’ photographs will be announced at an award ceremony at Four Corners on Thursday 1 July 2010.

The winning images will be published on the website and exhibited at Four Corners and the Geffrye Museum.


The Finalists’ photographs will be exhibited to the public in exhibitions at Four Corners, Bishopsgate Institute and the Geffrye Museum in summer 2010.

The organisers will be responsible for framing and printing the Finalists’ photographs. Finalists shall not object to any minor adaptation or treating of the works for the purpose of including them in the exhibition, private view, or publicity materials.

Historic images

Although the competition is only open to photographs taken within the last six months, we welcome any old photos of the East End that you may have.

If you would like to contribute any old photographs to the archive collections at Bishopsgate Institute or the Geffrye Museum, please contact the Project Archivist at:

Bishopsgate Institute
230 Bishopsgate
London EC2M 4QH

Telephone: 020 7392 9270

General terms and conditions

All Entrants agree to comply with these rules of entry. Entrants are responsible for informing the organisers of any changes to the information entered on the entry form, in particular any change of contact details before the judging date.


All entries are sent at the photographer’s risk. The My East End organisers regret that they cannot accept liability for any loss or damage of any images entered in the competition (howsoever caused) nor for any other loss or damage resulting there from. Entries submitted on CD cannot be returned. The My East End organisers reserve the right to withdraw or amend the competition as necessary due to circumstances outside their control.

Copyright and licensing

By submitting a photograph to the competition, you confirm and warrrant that:

  • you are the sole author of your entry
  • you own copyright and any other intellectual rights of the photograph
  • you have the permission of those pictured in the image (or where the image shows any persons under 18, the consent of their parent/guardian) for the usage rights required in the section on licensing below and will indemnify My East End organisers against any claims by third parties in respect of such infringement.

By entering your photograph into the competition, you grant permission to the My East End organisers for a non-exclusive licence to reproduce the photo for the following purposes:

  • judging the competition
  • display at the exhibition of the winning entries
  • inclusion within the exhibition interactive elements (now known or hereafter created)
  • inclusion (if selected as one of the promotional images) within the marketing and promotional materials (including press packs) for the exhibitions
  • inclusion in the Bishopsgate Institute and/or Geffrye Museum’s archive collections for research purposes and the non-commercial promotion of the material gathered during the My East End project.

All photographs will be credited to the photographer.

Data protection

Entrants details will be stored on the competition database for the purposes of the competition. By entering the competition, Entrants agree that the organisers can collect, save and process the personal data provided for the sole purposes of the competition, award ceremony and exhibitions.