Centenary Photographic Competition 2020

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STEAM: Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, MathematicsDeadline extended until 31 October!

For our centenary year, 2020, we have worked with Essex County Council and Chelmsford City Council to celebrate Essex 2020 – a year of Science and Creativity – with hundreds of events being organised by a range of organisations and people.

This county-wide STEAM festival is putting the creative arts into STEM, and as part of this CSES is running a Centenary Photographic Competition open to primary and secondary students in Essex.

A visual celebration of Science and Engineering in Essex

Centenary Photographic CompetitionWe want you to take and submit photographs which capture what is unique or special about science and technology from across our amazing county. From the longest pier in the world and the birthplace of radio, to Nobel prize winners, companies that put image sensors into space and much, much more...

Take out your camera or your phone and get snapping! We are looking for visually appealing and original images that are inspiring and relevant to any aspect of Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics in Essex. We particularly want photos that are creative in their approach, with an innovative angle or a creative interpretation.

The competition is open to primary or secondary aged students living or educated in Essex. There are two categories of entry: one for primary school students and one for secondary school students. The entries will be shortlisted by members of CSES and a panel of judges will select a winner from the shortlisted entries in each category.

The prizes in each category are: 1st (£60 voucher), 2nd (£30 voucher) and 3rd (£20 voucher) place. The winners and selected entries will be displayed in an online exhibition and may feature in future publicity materials.

Send your photos (up to 3) as email attachment(s) to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with "CENTENARY PHOTO PRIMARY" or "CENTENARY PHOTO SECONDARY" (as appropriate) in the subject.

Please put your full name, age and school / college name or home-educated status in the body of the email. You must include your name and the title of your image in each file name, separated by underscores (for example joan_smith_marconi_at_sunset). Feel free to provide a description if you like.

Entries must be submitted no later than Saturday 31 October 2020.

Winners will be announced in November.

Selected images may be made into a 2021 calendar and pictures may also be exhibited at Anglia Ruskin University and other locations. Entries will be displayed and used for marketing, with only first names used.


How do I enter the photo competition? Please enter by email, following the instructions above. The last submission date is 25 September 2020.

Who can enter? Any primary or secondary aged student living or being taught (in school or at home) in Essex.

How many photos may I submit? Each entrant can submit a maximum of 3 images reflecting the STEAM theme.

How will my photograph be judged? Judging consists of two rounds for each category. In round one the judges will shortlist the best 10 images in each age group. The entries selected in round one will proceed to round two, where the judges will select a first, second and third place winner in each category.

When will the final winners be announced? The winners, and those who were shortlisted, will be notified by email between Monday 12 and Saturday 31 October.

What are the prizes? In each age category (primary and secondary): 1st prize £60 voucher, 2nd prize £35 voucher, 3rd prize £20 voucher. Winners and runners-up will be invited to an awards evening at the end of the academic year.

I’d like to enter a photo that has previously been in another competition. Is that allowed? You may not enter a photo that has previously been in another competition, but you may enter a photo that you are also submitting to this year's Chelmsford City Photo Competition.

Will my photographs be seen online? Some images may be published on the CSES website and our partner's websites.

Is image manipulation allowed in the photo contest? Yes, image manipulation is allowed.

When I submit a photo to the photo competition, what rights does CSES have to my image? CSES will have the nonexclusive, perpetual right to use your image in connection with the competition and promoting the Society, in any media now or in the future.

Are release forms required when submitting a photograph to the photo contest? By submitting a photograph, you are confirming that you are the owner of the image and the copyright. If your photograph contains an image of yourself or someone else, you must get your/their parent or guardian to submit a signed image consent form.

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