Thursday, March 14, 2024 - 00:00
Promotional poster image with all info about the competition and a group of people hugging and clapping with a microphone

Entries are now open for Photo North Festival's National Student Competition 2024, which will be exhibited in Leeds 12-14 April 2024. Students don’t have to be studying photography to enter - entries open to all. 

An esteemed judging panel including Channel 4’s Pictures Team. Finalists will be invited to exhibit, alongside acclaimed photographers. The programme of events are designed to support and stimulate student interest.




Sometimes the most interesting stories are found closest to home and of those closest to us . What does community mean to you today? Is it simply a group of people living in the same place or is having particular age, attitudes, interests and characteristics in common?

With changes in communication, migration and wealth distribution along with new developments in technology, home entertainment and social media, the 21st century definition of community has shifted significantly.

Access to photograph communities was arguably easier, when children played in the streets and front doors were left open. Suspicion and fear has closed the door and taken play inside. What do people do in to feel connected, part of a wider community?  

This challenge is to share through photography your definition of what community means to you.

Your project may want to explore what brings communities together: a place, tradition, religion, employment, sexuality, politics, sport, or other interest. Or you may want to explore what can divide communities, causing tension and conflict.

You can embrace one photographic genre, or mix them up: portraits, still life, found images or documentary. 

Ordinary, everyday moments can be significant and offer a unique and fascinating universal document of community today. Let yourself loose, photograph something that excites you and above all, have fun!

Deadline for entries: Midnight Wednesday 14th March 2024:

GOOD LUCK and we look forward to seeing you in Leeds!

Pete and Sharon - Founders


“Being a part of the Alumno Sponsored Photo North Festival Student Competition has been a welcome experience. It has allowed me to work towards a set brief with a unique approach, thus fostering creativity. It has also allowed me to explore subject areas outside of my comfort zone, creating some of my strongest work. I would encourage all students to participate in the years to come, pushing themselves creatively and producing inspiring work.” Zhan Filonov, 2022 Winner

Deadline for entries: Midnight 14th March 2024.

The winner and will be announced on Friday 12th April 2024, which is the festival’s EDUCATION DAY. The programme of events throughout this day are designed to support and stimulate student interest. 

Winners and runners up will be exhibited throughout the full three days at Photo North Festival, alongside our prestigious and world renowned artists / photographers.

There will be a selection of prizes for 6 finalists, with a mentorship programme offered to the winner.

Many entries will have their work displayed on our Photo North Festival Instagram.

The competition is open to ALL students across the UK. Judges will be mindful of different stages of individual students skill level / year group.

For more information and to apply, visit their website page here.

Photo credit: Photo North Festival 



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