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Belfast Parks Photographic Competition

Calling all amateur photographers! This year’s Parks Photographic Competition is now open for entries.

The annual competition is sponsored by John McQuillan (Contracts) Ltd and supported by Jessops. Enter the competition and you could win a share of £1,000.

We are looking for photographs of your favourite views in parks. Your photos must have been taken in one of our parks or open spaces.

To enter the competition simply select one of the four award categories and upload your entry online.

The closing date for the competition is Friday 6 November 2020 before 4pm.

Award categories 

  • People in our parks: such as people walking, jogging, cycling, attending events or using outdoor gyms, playgrounds, allotments and bowling greens. 
  • Park landscapes: for example landscape shots, animals, trees, plants, buildings and horticultural displays in a recognisable park setting. 
  • New category - best black and white image: best captures of our parks in black and white.
  • Under 16s: Each category is also open to persons aged 16 years or under as a separate category.

To be eligible, your photos must have been taken after 1 January 2020 and they must have been taken from an area of the park that’s open to the public and is a recognisable park setting. The competition is open to everyone, except professional photographers. We cannot accept photographs that have won prizes in other external competitions, or photographs that were entered into a previous Belfast Parks photographic competition.

Terms and conditions of competition

  • To be eligible, your photos must have been taken after 1 January 2020 and they must have been taken from an area of the park that’s open to the public and is a recognisable park setting. 
  • No competitor, including under 16s, may enter more than one category. 
  • Entrants can submit up to four photos in their chosen category. 
  • Entrants must be the sole author and owner of copyright for all photos entered. 
  • Images must have been taken in one of Belfast City Council Parks & Open Spaces. 
  • Belfast City Council retains the right to free reproduction and exhibition of all entries. By sending a photograph to us you grant permission for the council to publish the photograph, or any part of it, for an indefinite period, in any media it chooses including the council website and social media accounts. No commercial payment will be made by the council for the use of your photographs. 
  • Entries must be accompanied by an official entry form. If you are entering online, you must include your name, category, age (under 16s only) and the name of the park where the photo was taken, along with your entry. 
  • Before taking an image and submitting an entry, photographers must seek permission from anyone who is recognisable in any photograph or secure the permission of parents or guardians for the photographs of minors or vulnerable adults. 
  • Entrants’ images may be digitally edited to remove spots or scratches. However, the image should not have content added or removed digitally. Judges reserve the right to exclude any image that they believe has been excessively treated so as to alter its authenticity. 
  • All entries are sent at the photographer’s own risk and Belfast City Council is not responsible for damage or loss sustained in delivery (either electronic or hard copy) of entries. 
  • No more than one prize will be awarded to any entrant.
  • A panel of judges will choose the winning photos. The decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  • No employee of Belfast City Council or John McQuillan (Contracts) Ltd may enter the competition. 
  • By entering, entrants will be deemed to have agreed to be bound by these rules.
For queries on the competition, please call 028 9091 8768 or email parklifephotos@belfastcity.gov.uk

The closing date for the competition is Friday 6 November 2020 before 4pm.

2019 winners and prizes

The winners of this year’s Belfast  Parks Photographic Competition were:

Seasons in Our Parks

1st Simon Braid – Ormeau Park 
2nd Jonathan Clark – Victoria Park
3rd Michael McCafferty – Falls Park 

People in Our Parks

1st Stephen Ferguson – Ormeau Park 
2nd Damien Braniff – Lagan Valley Regional Park 
3rd Emma Carmichael – Glenbank Park 

Park Landscapes

1st Noel Hughes – Cave Hill Country Park 
2nd Marie Toman – Falls Park 
3rd K Mitch Hodge – Lagan Meadows 

Under 16s

1st Samyak Ambrale – Ormeau Park 
2nd Shannon O’Brien – Barnett Demesne

£100 Bonus Prize

Stephen Johnston – Botanic Gardens 

2019 winners gallery