British Life Photography Awards

A showcase of contemporary and imaginative images that capture the essence and spirit of British life

Welcome to the fourth British Life Photography Awards, open to all photographers; amateur, professional and all ages.


In addition to the prestige and exposure in the press, exhibition and book there is a £15,000 prize fund from lead sponsor Sony. The overall winner will receive Sony products worth approximately £7,000.


With ten separate categories including street life, rural life, portraiture and a special new category for students at university, the awards are a unique visual celebration of British life, in all its richness and diversity, creating an enduring visual record of the spirit and essence of our nation.

Documenting daily life has been a tradition for over a century, so just like the great documentary photographers of the past and present, we want to encourage photographers to elevate the commonplace and familiar into something compelling or fascinating through the craft, creativity and discipline of photography.

Media Coverage

BLPA attracts extensive media exposure with a significant following: hundreds of thousands are exposed to the images through the competition, book, nationally promoted exhibitions and press coverage.

Media coverage has included: BBC News, Sunday Times, Independent, Daily Mail, Express and numerous consumer magazines

The Exhibition 2017 awards are still on tour at these venues

  • Kirkleatham Museum, Redcar,Yorkshire. Early April to 7th July 2018
  • The Garden Rooms at Tennants, Leyburn, North Yorkshire. 28th July to 9th September. 2018
  • Gracefield Arts Centre, Dumfries. 13th October to 17th November. 2018


The competition opened on 15 June 2018. The closing date is midnight, 29 September 2018.


Portfolio 3

The Exhibition catalogue showcasing over 70 images is now available
You can purchase Portfolio 3 here.


sponsors and supporters:

Sony The Royal Photographic Society
Country Life magazine Digital Photographer Magazine
ROYAL ALBERT HALL Kristal Digital Imaging Centre




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