Capture Kingston

People in carnival style dress at Vai Tolworth Brazil Festival.

Exciting announcement, coming 29 July!


About the competition

Every year, Kingston History Centre and the Friends of Kingston Heritage Service run a photography competition called Capture Kingston. The competition was set up in memory of Les Kirkin to ensure Kingston’s photographic collection continues to record the ever changing history of the Borough. 

This year’s Capture Kingston project has been devised and delivered in partnership with the Rose Theatre.

The theme for this year's photo competition was Lockdown & Out, inspired by lockdown, self-isolation and the changes we are still living through. We have been facing restrictions and challenges as well as limitations in our contact with friends and family. However, during this period, expression and creativity have flourished. 

Categories

The winners will be the photographs that in the opinion of the judges, best represent the categories of the competition.

Category 1 - Portraiture and lifestyle

We encourage applicants to be creative. Some ideas may include; social distancing, reunions with friends and family, celebrations during lockdown (birthdays, VE Day, Pride etc…), leisure work or study activities and creative projects.  

Category 2 - Landscape, exteriors and interiors

Some ideas to get you started are; empty public spaces/quiet streets and landmarks, the view from your window, signage and things that really show how the Borough changed. 

Category 3 - Still life

Objects that represent an aspect of lockdown whether items found out and about or at home or artworks created by the community or at home in response to Covid.

Prizes

A winner will be chosen from each of the 3 categories above and the prize will be a pair of tickets to a performance at The Rose Theatre. In addition prizes will be awarded as follows. 

  • Les Kirkin Memorial Prize
    Prize money of £50 and a pair of tickets will be awarded to the favourite photo of the Friends of Kingston Heritage Service.

  • Under 18s
    Prize money of £40 and a pair of tickets will be awarded to the best under 18 entry that illustrates life in the Borough during Covid.

  • South of the Borough
    Prize money of £25 and a pair of tickets will be awarded to the best photograph of Hook, Chessington, New Malden or Tolworth during Covid.

  • Most Historically Valuable
    Prize money of £25 and a pair of tickets to the image that, in the opinion of the judges, most accurately captures a moment of life in the Borough at this period in time.

  • Kingston’s Choice
    A pair of tickets will be awarded to the image that is voted for by members of the public. 

Judging

Entries have been judged by a panel comprising the Rose Theatre, Committee Members from Friends of Kingston Museum & History Centre, Kingston Heritage Service Team and Kingston School of Art. 

The winners and a selection of runners up will have their prints displayed at Kingston History Centre and the Rose Theatre Kingston and will be invited to see their work on display at the Rose Theatre.