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Submissions open for Northern Photography Prize 2022


"Disciple" by Hartlepool's David Coser, shortlisted in 2021

- Amateur photographers encouraged to submit images that capture the spirit and heart of the North East

- Competition is free to enter and open for submissions until 30 June 2022

- Prizes include £1,000 cash awards for winners and increased exposure for shortlisted entries

The Northern Photography Prize - run in association with Living North magazine and sponsored by Dark Skies Publishing - is back by popular demand for a second year running, with a renewed call for entries to once again find the region’s most stunning landscape and portrait images.

Launched last year by international bestselling author LJ Ross, the prize is free to enter for amateur photographers of all levels and consists of two categories – the Spirit of the North East (landscape photography prize) and the Heart of the North East (portrait photography prize).

The winning images for each category will each earn a £1,000 cash prize and will be projected onto the external wall of BALTIC Art Gallery in Gateshead. In addition, all winning and shortlisted entries will feature in a Living North magazine spread on the prize, as well as receiving increased exposure, last year’s shortlist having enjoyed a special free-to-enter exhibition at the Biscuit Factory Art Gallery in Newcastle Upon Tyne.

"On Reflection" by Louise Warburton won the portrait category prize at the 2021 Northern Photography Prize
Louise Warburton's winning image "On Reflection"

Commenting on the prize, ‘the Heart of the North East’ 2021 prize winner Louise Warburton said: “Winning the Northern Photography Prize was a dream come true for me – I never win anything! It has been such an amazing experience and I am so glad I gave it a shot and entered, who knows where it may lead to next!”

Michelle K. Williams, who scooped ‘the Spirit of the North East’ prize last year, added:“Winning the competition has increased my confidence, and without a doubt it is an important step in my life that brings me closer to me dream of a career in photography. I’ve met some fantastic people along the way and I hope that my win is an inspiration to other amateur photographers to enter the 2022 competition.”

For the 2022 edition of the prize, LJ Ross will be joined by a prestigious panel of judges, including Newcastle-based professional photographers Jason Friend and Adam Lang, editor of Living North magazine, Janet Blair, and The Alnwick Garden’s Daniel Russell.

LJ Ross said: “I launched this prize last year to celebrate the people and places of my beloved homeland and to help support and encourage the arts in the region during an extremely challenging time. Hundreds of entries came flooding in and the judging panel was humbled and inspired by such an overwhelming response from budding photographers, and by the high standard of the entries. Bringing the prize back for a second year was a no brainer for me, and I can’t wait to see what our talented amateur snappers produce.”

The entry process will close on 30 June 2022 and the shortlisted entries will be announced on 31 July 2022. The winners will be revealed on 30 September 2022. For information on how to enter the prize, as well as eligibility criteria and full terms and conditions, visit:


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