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Annual photography competition seeks creative images of faith

Faith Through a Lens, the prestigious annual photography competition which celebrates diverse representations of faith in UK communities has launched today ...

Faith Through a Lens, the prestigious annual photography competition which celebrates diverse representations of faith in UK communities has launched today. The amateur contest, now in its fifth year, is the creation of national church insurer Congregational & General.
 
Open to amateur photographers across the UK, Faith Through a Lens 2014 calls for creative photography that showcases everyday demonstrations and expressions of faith. Last year’s winner, John Sykes, captured a pensive moment of a young monk at Angkor Wat, Cambodia, and was praised by judges for its beautiful paint-like contrast and striking composition.
 
The winner and two highly-commended entries are to be decided by the Faith Through a Lens judging panel, led by internationally renowned photo-journalist Don McCullin. With a career spanning over 50 years, Don McCullin is recognised for his depiction of war, urban strife and the impoverished.
 
This year, Faith Through a Lens’ ongoing relationship with Inter Faith Network and Churches Together in England continues as Paresh Solanki and Revd Dr David Cornick respectively retain their places on the judging panel, with award-winning photojournalist Hazel Thompson also joining the team.
 
Hazel Thompson has undertaken assignments in over 40 countries for some of the world’s leading media organisations. Highly-regarded for contributing global awareness to social and humanitarian issues through her photography, Hazel Thompson adds her unique expertise to the judging team.
 
One winner, along with two highly commended entries, will be announced at an exclusive awards ceremony held in Central London during Inter Faith Week 2014*. Ten shortlisted finalists will be invited to the event and each will receive photography prizes worth £250. The three winning entrants can nominate a charity, faith or community group to receive £1,000 worth of audio-visual or photography equipment of their choice, along with claiming £1,000 and £850 worth of personal prizes respectively. This includes Albelli photo books vouchers, a Huggler photo book, Rachel Bridgen Photography tuition vouchers and Serif software packages.
 
Margaret Slater, Marketing Manager at Congregational, said: “In launching Faith Through a Lens 2014, we hope to capture the vibrant, diverse and significant role faith plays in people’s lives. Now in our fifth year, we’ve received some thought-provoking interpretations of faith in the past and we look forward to seeing more in this year’s competition.
 
“With each passing year, Faith Through a Lens has grown considerably and we’re expecting another record level of entries for 2014. We’re also delighted to welcome award-winning photojournalist Hazel Thompson to our judging panel, whose insight will add to our already notable judges’ expertise.”
 
Amateur photographers over the age of 16 can find further information and how to enter via www.faiththroughalens.co.uk, entries will also be available to view for the duration of the competition through the website and on Congregational’s social media channels including Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.
 
* Inter Faith Week: 16 – 22 November 2014
 
For further details of the competition, including prizes and entry requirements, and to upload your images please visit www.faiththroughalens.co.uk

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