Best of 2020 – Calling all Photographers!

Best Shots of 2020 – call for submissions 

Well, what a year it’s been; 2020 will no doubt stick in our memories for many reasons. Amidst everything that’s gone on, photography has played an important role, whether documenting the pandemic or used as a means of escape from it all. And, as in previous years, we’d love to put together a collection (or two) of your favourite shots of the year.

Although live performance has been severely hit, we’ll be going ahead with our annual Best Music Shots gallery, so it’s time to dig back either to the first few months of gigs and festivals or the brief stroll into socially distanced shows in the summer. We’ll also be repeating last year’s Best Shots of the Year feature for any other subject matter you care to include – portraits, landscapes, animals, street photography, whatever you like. You’re welcome to take part in either or both. Details below for how to submit, closing date midnight on Friday 11th December.

Category A : Live Music – your shot must be of an artist or band performing live – if you have music related shots that are portraits, crowd shots, etc, these can be sent in to the other category. More details below.

Photos: 16 Beasley St

Category B : General – any subject matter and style can be included; please ensure that your shots do not contain anything generally regarded as offensive or prohibited on social media and that you have parental permission for any shots featuring recognisable minors. More details below.

Both categories: You can send in a max of 2 shots per category but, depending on numbers, we may only be able to include 1 so let us know if you have a preference. Colour, black and white, portrait, landscape, square are all fine. You can choose to include a watermark or not; all we ask is that, if you do, please try to keep it fairly small and subtle. It doesn’t matter if you’re professional, amateur or just take photos here and there for the fun of it – as long as it’s a clear shot that will cope with being enlarged on screen – everyone is welcome to join in.

Photo: Andrew Barrell

All you need to do is email your chosen shot(s) with the subject as Best of 2020 to by the closing date Friday 11th December 2020 with the following details:

– Name of artist (music) or title of shot (general)
– Venue / location for music shots
– Month taken (must be a photo you have taken in 2020)
– How you would like to be credited (first name / full name / professional or website name, etc)
– Links to your work (website / social media, etc)
– Max of 2 photos per category

By submitting you give us permission to include your shot(s) in an online feature and use to promote this and related posts on the website and social media. All images remain under your ownership and copyright and this will be stated in the feature with clear details of who the photographer is for each shot. Galleries will be published during December 2020.

You can find 2019’s Best Music Shots and 2019 Through the Lens here. The features this year will take a similar format. Any questions at all, please just ask. Look forward to hearing from you!

Photo: Marge Bradshaw 

Header photos – left: Shane O’Neil, top: 16 Beasley St,
bottom: Dave Harford, right: Oriana Spadaro

25th November 2020