Flow Photo National Photography Competition – Call for Entries

Photographers, both amateur and professional, are invited to submit up to four photographs or short films for the inaugural edition of Flow Photo. The national photography competition and exhibition, developed by Future Water Association and supported by charity partner, the Canal & River Trust, aims to raise awareness and encourage debate about water and waterways in all aspects as seen through the photographer and film-maker’s lens.

Shortlisted works will be exhibited in a national tour throughout 2019 including at the National Waterways Museum at Ellesmere Port and Gloucester.

A six month residency prize worth £6000 will be awarded to one of the selected artists over the age of 18. The exhibition and awards will be chosen by an expert panel of selectors from the fields of photography, film and the water industry.

Flow Photo is open to photographers of all ages. All photographs and films entered must have been completed since 1 January 2018 and meet the competition’s criteria as stated in the Rules and Guidelines. Entry is by online submission through flowphoto.artopps.co.uk, and deadline for entry has been extended to 5pm (BST) on 10 December 2018.

Paul Horton, Chief Executive Officer, Future Water Association says: ”Water is critical to the economy and the environment. Understanding how water interacts with us is essential and with Flow Photo the aim is to stimulate thinking about how we view water. Shaping the future of the water sector is core for the association and this photography competition will support this objective.”

Tim Eastop, Executive Producer of the Canal & River Trust Arts on the Waterways programme, says: “We’re really excited to be supporting this project with Future Water Association. The  waterways throughout England and Wales are some of the most beautiful and iconic anywhere in the world. They are amazing spaces full of variety; one stretch buzzes with life, the next is silent and still, so that you are alone in a world of your own. They are places to escape, relax and slow down – it is this we want the competition to celebrate. And launching the project now will enable photographers and film-makers to capture how the character of the waterways change along with the seasons. I’d encourage anyone already using the canals and rivers as inspiration for their work to get involved with Flow Photo, and for those yet to discover the waterways, what better excuse to explore them for the first time.”

For further details, please visit: www.flowphoto.org or contact Parker Harris (Project Managers).

E. info@parkerharris.co.uk. T. 020 3653 0896.

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Notes to editors:

FLOW PHOTO is an innovative new national photography competition and exhibition developed by Future Water Association and supported by the Canal & River Trust as the charity partner. The project reflects the organisations’ common interest in enabling a better understanding of the water, its wide reaching effects in all ways from practical through to well being people gain from being near water and will promote the therapeutic effects that water, canals and rivers can have.

FUTURE WATER ASSOCIATION is the business support organisation that aims to shape the future of the water sector through • taking a leadership role with Government, industry, members and the public • focusing on innovation and education • increasing engagement throughout the membership and across the sector • becoming the voice of the sector • unlocking potential and opening new markets • inspiring a new generation • enabling the success of business across the sector.
The association inspires, supports and leads the water supply chain, driven by the needs of our members and our vision to shape the future of water. Membership of Future Water Association means that you are part of a substantial group, more significant in external relations than any single company. The Association employs that “strength” in representing members’ interests both directly to clients and their representative organisations, Government Departments, the Regulators and through the media.

CANAL & RIVER TRUST is a national charity that looks after and brings to life 2,000 miles of waterways. The Trust believes that life is better by water. Their research shows that spending time by water, whether it be your lunchbreak, daily commute or just a weekend stroll, really does make people feel happier and healthier. With ever increasing rates of obesity, stress and declining mental health in the UK, the Canal & River Trust is uniquely placed to make a significant contribution to improving the wellbeing of millions of people. Canals and rivers run through some of the most heavily populated communities in England and Wales, providing accessible green and blue space where it’s needed the most. The Trust’s work involves not only looking after its waterways but promoting them widely to the eight million plus people who have waterways on their doorstep so that many more people benefit from these free, accessible and local sources of wellbeing.

PARKER HARRIS was created by Emma Parker and Penny Harris in 1990 and their partnership is one of the leading visual arts consultancies in the UK. Parker Harris specialise in the expert creation and project management of visual arts projects spanning all disciplines and all scales. Clients range from trusts and foundations, SMEs and multinationals to charities, arts organisations and individual artists.