Terms and Conditions of Entry

Eligibility** and timeline (summary)

  • Eligible pictures for entry must be taken between November 1st 2019 – December 31st 2020
  • You must be a press photographer or photography student living in the UK


  • Entry deadline: 1st December 2020 at 00:01hrs GMT
  • Please note the entry deadline, this date is final and there will be no extensions provided. The system will automatically prevent entry submission after the deadline.
  • Shortlisted announced: 12th January 2021
  • Awards presentation ceremony: 9th March 2021

** For full details of eligibility, see Terms and Conditions below, and Awards Categories


If you have any questions on the entry process, please contact the organisers by email to alansparrow123@outlook.com

Closing date for still photographic and video entries: midnight December 1st 2020


  • You may edit your entry after submitting, up until the entry deadline.
  • Please make sure all your personal details are entered accurately, including contact details, as this will be used in the awards presentation if selected as a finalist.
  • You are eligible to enter more than one category, as long as the work submitted meets the criteria.
  • You can use the ‘copy’ feature to create a copy of your entry and change the category as required.
  • Entry fees may be paid by credit card or Bank Transfer. If your submissions have not been paid for at the close of entry they may not be included for judging.

And if you have more time …..

For all categories, you may enter as many times as you like.

From the entries, the judges will decide who is the Shutterstock Press Photographer of the Year

The winner of the photographer of the year wins an additional £1,000.

We would expect all entries to be within Press Complaints Commission guidelines: www.pcc.org.uk/cop/practice.html

Closing date for still photography and video entries: midnight December 1st, 2019

Entries will be for pictures taken between midnight 1st Nov 2018 and midnight 31st October 2019

Still photography entries must be in the form of RGB JPEG and maximum compressed file size of 10mb

The content of a photograph must not be altered in Photoshop, Lightroom or by any other means that alters the integrity of the original photograph. No element should be digitally added to or subtracted from any photograph. The faces or identities of individuals must not be obscured by Photoshop, Lightroom or any other editing tool. Only retouching by the use of the cloning tool or similar to eliminate dust and scratches is acceptable.

Minor adjustments to include cropping, dodging and burning, conversion into grayscale, and normal toning and colour adjustments that must be limited to those minimally necessary for clear and accurate reproduction and that restore the authentic nature of the photograph that does not change the essential message of the photograph. Equivalent to basic burning and dodging often used in darkroom processing of images taken on film. Changes in density, contrast, colour and saturation levels that substantially alter the original scene are not acceptable. Backgrounds should not be digitally blurred or eliminated by burning down or by aggressive toning.

All submitted photos must carry basic caption information, who, what, where, when in the metadata of the JPEG file. It should also carry the camera original digital metadata. This will confirm the date the picture was taken for the judges.

The judges reserve the right to ask potential finalists for their original file to ensure these rules are adhered to.

Video entries must be between 1 and 10 minutes in length

The competition is open to all professional photographers living in the United Kingdom and Ireland (Eire)

For the still photography categories, a 20 GBP administration fee is payable to The UK Picture Editors’ Guild Awards and entrants can enter as many categories or as many times as they wish.

You may enter as many portfolios in a category as you like, but the pictures in any portfolio must not appear in any other portfolio you enter in that category.

Entry to the video (Videojournalist of the Year) category is free of charge and entrants can enter as many times as they wish.

Entry to the Student Photographer of the Year category is free of charge and entrants can enter as many times as they wish.

The prize for the Young Photographer of the Year includes a return flight to the value of two hundred and fifty pounds, to be used for an assignment that must be completed by last day of September 2020.

To enter The UK Picture Editors’ Guild Awards you must confirm that it is your own original work. Entries submitted via this web site.

You must have the right to give The UK Picture Editors’ Guild Awards permission to use it for the purposes specified below and that you have the consent of anyone who is identifiable in your photograph or the consent of their parent/guardian if they are under 16 keeping within the guidelines of the press complaints commission code of practice www.pcc.org.uk/cop/practice.html

By entering you grant The UK Picture Editors’ Guild rights to edit, publish and use each entry to promote the competition. This may include an online gallery, feature in a national/regional newspaper and associated web sites. It may also include magazines or any other media/supplements. It may be used to promote a similar future competition. It may be used for promotion during the competition and for a period of 5 years after the winners have been announced, to promote the competition, free of charge. You also grant the right of The UK Picture Editors’ Guild to supply contact detail of the photographers to the sponsors.

Your picture may be exhibited as part of The UK Picture Editors’ Guilds Awards exhibition. Or reproduced in any external promotion related to The UK Picture Editors’ Guild Awards.

Sponsors may use any Awards’ image free of charge for non-profit activities which promote the Awards an acknowledgment to be an Awards’ sponsor is required This includes promotional calendars, internal publications.

By entering, all entrants agree to abide by each and all these terms and conditions. The UK Picture Editors’ Guild reserves the right, with or without cause, to exclude entrants and withhold prizes for violating any of these terms and conditions. The Guild reserves the right to amend these terms and conditions. Any amendments will be published on the Website.

There is no alternative to the prize stated and the prize is not transferable and no part or parts of the prize may be substituted for other benefits, items or additions.

The winner may be required to submit valid identification before receiving their prize.

The judge’s decision is final and binding on the entrants. No correspondence will be entered into.

The Guild will not be liable for technical, hardware, or software failures of any kind or lost or unavailable network connections which may limit or prohibit an eligible entrant’s ability to participate in the competition.

Completion and submission of registration will be deemed acceptance of these terms and conditions.

The Guild reserves the right at any time to cancel, modify or supersede the competition (including altering prizes) if, in their sole discretion, a competition is not capable of being conducted as specified. There serves the right to substitute a prize of equal value in the event that circumstances beyond their control make this unavoidable.