Photography Competition: Celebrating Adult Education

30 September 2021
Posted in: News

— Main points

  • We invite our past and present photography students to enter a photography competition.
  • If selected, your work will be framed and permanently displayed in the classrooms on the newly renovated second floor of the main college building in Keeley Street.
  • There are prizes too! We have a prize for the overall winner and 2 runners up prizes – see below for details!

We offer a variety of courses in massage and complimentary therapies ranging from beginners to advanced and professional ITEC courses.

The school of Visual Arts is collaborating with the schools of Languages and Performing arts to set up a competition for our talented photography students to create the photographic images that celebrate these areas. We are planning to use some original photography in their classrooms in a permanent hang in the college. We want to give our classrooms a strong visual identity of the subjects we teach in these areas.

Competition brief

If you have studied photography with us at City Lit in the past, or if you have recently embarked on a course in photography with us, and would like to enter the competition, please see the brief below:

Brief: Using London as the source and inspiration, produce colour photography that celebrates City Lit in the following 3 ways:

  1. Colour photography that celebrates the multi-cultural diversity of London including its architecture, people, food and languages – The City Lit has courses in Classical Languages, Asian, European, Celtic, African and Middle East (
  2. Colour photography that celebrates the range of performing arts subjects that can be studied at City Lit – Acting, Theatre, Dance, Music, TV, Radio, Film and Voice (
  3. Colour photography that celebrates adult learning

Prizes and further details

  • Any images selected for the permanent display will receive a City Lit voucher for £50.
  • The overall winner will receive a £400 City Lit voucher, with two £150 City Lit vouchers also awarded to the 2 runners up.
  • All selected images will be framed and mounted by the college and will be permanently displayed on the second floor of our Keeley Street building in London.
  • We will also produce a Blurb book from the submissions to showcase the diversity of creativity of the photography department alumni and they will be used on social media.

How to enter the competition

Here’s how to submit you entry.

  • Please submit up to 3 images per brief (maximum 9 images) by We Transfer (or any FTP provider). If using We Transfer, please submitt your entry to with the subject heading: Photo competition 2021.
  • Please submit only Hi Resolution jpegs
  • File names should contain your name
  • If possible, your copyright should be embedded in the metadata (optional)
  • Up to one short sentence of explanation per image should be embedded in the Description field in Metadata or referenced in a separate text file. (optional)
  • The deadline for submissions is Sunday 31st October
  • Judging day will take place on Fri 5th Nov. The panel is made up of:
    • Matthew ward (Tutor coordinator for Photography), Dan Fardell (Head of 2D studies)
    • Claudio Guasti (Head of school, languages), Trish Shaw (Head of School, Performing Arts) and
    • Mark Malcomson (Principal).

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