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Shoot photographs to reflect London's diversity

Shoot photographs to reflect London's diversity - Mayor Ken Livingstone is inviting photographers of all ages, whether amateur or professional, to come up with images that reflect London's diversity

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Mayor Ken Livingstone is giving the capital's photographers the chance to win top prizes in the first ever Mayor's respect week photo competition.

As part of a programme of activities and events being organised across London in the run up to the anti-racist respect festival at the Dome on Saturday 19 July, the Mayor is inviting photographers of all ages, whether amateur or professional, to come up with images that reflect London's diversity, inspired by the theme, 'respect the diversity of Londoners and their communities'.

The competition is being supported by electrical retailer Dixons in association with Fujifilm, who are offering prizes for competition winners, including top of the range Fujifilm digital cameras.

The Mayor said: 'This year's respect will encompass many different activities as well as the festival at the Dome, meaning more people can actively get behind the anti-racist message. I am delighted that the support of Dixons and Fujifilm means we are able to run our first respect photographic competition. It does not matter what camera you use, or how often you take pictures. What we are looking for are images that reflect and celebrate London's diversity, and how well the capital's many different communities live side by side and make our city a great, and welcoming, world city.'

As well as having the chance to win camera equipment, selected work will be shown in a respect week exhibition at City Hall, in the official festival magazine and on the website.

Entries are being accepted now for the following categories: under 18; 18 and over (amateur); 18 and over (professional). Competition forms are available in all Dixons London stores and can be downloaded from www.respectfestival.org.uk. All entries must be received no later than May 30 2003.

The competition rules are as follows:


LONDON SHOWS RESPECT – Photography Competition 2003

THEME: Respect the diversity of Londoners and their communities

a) Those entering the competition agree to abide by the Rules of Entry.

b) Entrants may submit one colour print only of their own work which should be a minimum 5” x 7” up to a maximum 8” x 10” in size.

c) All entries should reflect the competition theme and must be received no later than Friday 30 May 2003. Entries should be addressed to the respect Photography Competition, Culture Team, 4th Floor, City Hall, The Queen’s Walk, London SE1 2AA

d) Categories for entry are a) Under 18, b) 18 and over (amateur) c) 18 and over (professional).

e) Prints entered should be clearly labelled on the reverse with your name, address and telephone number, the category in which you are entering and a title for the picture. Entrants may submit a covering letter with a brief description of their picture (not more than 100 words), where it was taken and what it depicts.

f) All entries will be judged by a panel of judges nominated by the Greater London Authority (GLA). First, Second and Third prizes, plus 2 runner up prizes will be awarded in each category. The judges’ decisions will be final. Winning entrants will be notified by post no later than 18 June 2003. A list of winning entrants will be made available on the respect festival website after this date.

g) The GLA will not enter into any communication or correspondence regarding individual entries.

h) Prints will not be returned unless a stamped addressed envelope is provided with the entry. Other prints will be kept for 3 months after the closing date and then disposed of.

i) The GLA accepts no liability for loss or damage, however caused, to any entries, and no responsibility for incomplete or delayed entries.

j) The GLA reserves the right to reproduce, enlarge, publish or exhibit, mechanically or electronically, any prints entered into the competition for use in regard to respect week 2003 and / or respect festival 2003. This applies to both winning and non-winning entries. Photographers will be credited if prints are used. The GLA reserves the right to retain on file images for possible future use / publication in GLA materials or promotions. For such use entrant’s written permission will be obtained.

k) Entries will not be permitted from employees of the GLA its photographic contractors, Dixons or Fujifilm.

For more information contact 020 7983 6554, email info@respectfestival.org.uk, or visit the official website at www.respectfestival.org.uk.

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