Vicarious Festival 2020 Travel Photography Competition

The Vicarious Festival 2020 Travel Photography Competition is an opportunity to inspire inquisitive minds with a world of stories told by evocative images.

The guiding principle behind the Vicarious Festival is that thought-provoking travel literature and photography have the power to illuminate unfamiliar cultures, nurture empathy and understanding, and inspire curiosity and wanderlust.

In keeping with that ethos, our Travel Photography Competition aims to recognise the talents of visual storytellers and provide a way for their compelling imagery to reach new audiences.

The Travel Photography Competition is open to any photographer with a collection of ten images that tell some kind of story about the daily lives of people encountered during a single journey.

To be eligible for the competition, the photographs must:

  • Be the original work of the photographer entering the competition
  • Not be watermarked or include in-image captions
  • Include at least one close-up portrait of a single individual (in portrait orientation)

By entering this competition, the photographer will be granting the Vicarious Festival permission to exhibit the images in public, to donate the exhibition to an arts centre for on-going display, and to publish low-resolution copies online.

The closing date for competition entries is Friday, 31st July, 2020. The shortlist will be announced during the first week of August.

Ten photographers will be shortlisted. They’ll all receive a free ticket to Vicarious Festival 2020 (or a refund if they’ve already purchased a ticket.)

The ten images from each of the ten shortlisted photographers will be exhibited at the festival.

The competition winner will be chosen by festival goers via secret ballot.

The winner of The Isabella Bird Memorial Award for Travel Photography will be announced on the Saturday evening of the festival.

The award winner will receive the following prize package:

  • £500 cash
  • Invitation to speak at the next Vicarious Festival
  • Two tickets to the next Vicarious Festival

The nine runners-up will each receive a ticket to the following year’s Vicarious Festival.

After the festival the photographic exhibition will be donated to The Merritt Centre at Sherborne Girls in Dorset, where it can continue to inspire inquisitive minds.

The non-refundable competition entry fee is £5.

If you would like to enter the competition, first upload the following to a shared folder in the cloud (e.g. Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive, WeTransfer, etc.):

  • Your 10 images (300 dpi JPG)
    For identification and captioning purposes, please use descriptive filenames
  • 200-word description of the journey (PDF)
  • 100-word biography, plus links to your social media profiles (PDF)
  • Recent head-and-shoulders portrait photo of you (unedited JPG)

Then purchase your competition entry via this link, making sure to enter the download link for your shared folder in the ‘Additional Information’ box at the Billing stage.