Judging and prizes

Commended 2018: Carreg Cennen Castle, by Ken Day, Wikimedia Commons CC BY-SA 4.0
Commended 2018: Carreg Cennen Castle, by Ken Day, Wikimedia Commons CC BY-SA 4.0

The monetary prizes are kindly sponsored by Wikimedia UK .

Overall UK prizes

  • Best image (1st prize) –  £250
  • Best image (2nd prize) –  £100
  • Best image (3rd prize) –  £50
  • Up to 7 other Highly Commended images –  £25

Country-based prizes

England

  • Best  image (1st prize) –  £50
  • Best image (2nd prize) –  £25
  • Best image (3rd prize) –  £25

Scotland

  • Best  image (1st prize) –  £50
  • Best image (2nd prize) –  £25
  • Best image (3rd prize) –  £25
  • Special prize for the best photograph of a site in Scotland, sponsored by Archaeology Scotland: a free 1-year membership including the Archaeology Scotland Magazine as well as access to their learning resources.

Wales

  • Best  image (1st prize) –  £50
  • Best image (2nd prize) –  £25
  • Best image (3rd prize) –  £25

Northern Ireland

  • Best  image (1st prize) –  £50
  • Best image (2nd prize) –  £25
  • Best image (3rd prize) –  £25

Special prize for best image of a site in use

Awarded for the best image of a listed building or scheduled monument showcasing its present-day use.  You can interpret  ‘present-day use’ in any way you like: your image might for example include people such as visitors, staff, wedding guests or archaeologists, or show the site decked out for a function. – £50

Special prize for best image of an interior

Awarded for the best shot of the interior of a listed building or scheduled monument or of some interior architectural detail. – £50

UK judging criteria

The jury will judge individual entries based on the following criteria (in no particular order):

  • Technical quality
  • Originality
  • Potential usefulness and overall value of the image (including consideration of resolution) to the Wikimedia projects.

Prizes will be awarded subject to there being sufficient entries (greater than 1000) in each category, and sufficient images of merit.

The judges

  • James O. Davies, Photography Manager at Historic England
  • Andy Chopping, Head of Photography at Museum of London Archaeology
  • Matt Emmett, buildings and heritage photographer
  • Iestyn Hughes, past head (and founder) of the Screen and Sound Archive at the National Library of Wales.

International prizes

The 10 overall UK prizewinning images will go forward to the international section of the contest where further prizes of up to €1500 are available.

See the International Awards for more details.

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