Contest to put faces of Leeds in the frame

Seetal Gahir and Dilrani Lal Kaur, South Asian Arts. PIC: Sara Porter
Seetal Gahir and Dilrani Lal Kaur, South Asian Arts. PIC: Sara Porter
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Keen snappers across Leeds are being challenged to capture the city’s many faces for a new photography competition.

Leeds City Museum is calling on local shutterbugs to submit their best selfies, mobile phone pictures or professional photographs for their Changing Faces of Leeds contest.

Winners will see their photographs shown alongside portraits of some of the people from the city’s past at an exhibition in the museum next year, as well as win prizes including photographic equipment and high-quality prints of their image.

Entries can be submitted in six categories - self-portrait/selfie; group; posed; active - where people are engaged in doing something; environmental – where the surroundings say something about the person; and finally abstract – an image that “plays with the idea of 
what a portrait is, where entrants can use digital manipulation”. The contest is open to two age groups - under-16s and over-16s.


Coun Brian Selby, lead member for museums and galleries, said: “This is a fabulous opportunity for any aspiring photographer to help us capture some vibrant and dynamic images that will put a modern twist on this exciting exhibition. Engaging local residents in this way really is a fundamental part of making our local history and heritage appealing to those of all ages and encouraging them to look at the people and places around them in a new way.

“I’ll look forward to seeing some of the pictures that are submitted as well as the finished exhibition.”

To enter, share your picture on Facebook, Twitter, in person or on the new Leeds Museums and Galleries Instagram page.

All entries should be submitted using the hashtag #FacesofLeeds by the deadline of November 15.

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