The Photographic Angle regularly runs photographic competitions which are open and accessible to everyone, regardless of their location, ability, experience, equipment or age.

Each competition has a theme, chosen by our Head of Design, and we welcome submissions that illustrate this theme showcasing originality and a unique viewpoint. The competitions are free to enter and TPA enlists the help of an independent judge who is given the responsibility of selecting the winning entries. One photographer whose entry is deemed the best representation of the competition theme will be awarded a prize.

Throughout the year, our Head of Design will also choose a selection of the best entries submitted to various competition themes for inclusion in one of our future photographic exhibitions. The chosen images will then be printed by the charity and exhibited at no expense to the photographers. If your work is chosen for inclusion you will be contacted via email and asked to send us high resolution versions of your work.

Pocket Photography

When Instagram first came onto the photography scene back in 2010 it was quickly hailed as the new Polaroid. Certainly, the dominant square format of Instagram, the filters that the app uses and the act of sharing are all reminiscent of what Polaroid was best known for.

Polaroid was used to document ephemeral moments in everyday life; casual snapshots of family time, social gatherings, holidays, and any other moments that are worthy of documentation. But as Polaroid cameras used film, which was quite expensive, each image taken was carefully considered to make sure it counted.

But the technology afforded by smart phones means that these casual snapshots have taken on a new direction. In the social media age, apps like Instagram, whilst replicating the Polaroid aesthetic, are even more focused on sharing. What used to be casual snapshots have become increasingly curated and styled images designed to look like everyday life but actually representing a more beautiful, more perfect existence created to gain approval from a social following.

With this competition, we are looking for your best examples of pocket photography inspired by Polaroid and Instagram. Using the square format, we would like you to use modern technology (any device is fine, doesn’t have to be a smart phone) to take carefully thought out creative shots. Instead of taking 15 shots and choosing the best, make that first shot count.

To submit your work, please click on the “Enter competition” link below, please ensure your file sizes are 1MB or smaller for upload purposes.

Competition closes for entries on October 31st


Hama Timer Remote Release DCC System Base

Capture the moment with the Hama Timer Remote Release DCC (Digital Camera Connecting) System Base. With this Remote you can capture a beautiful flower coming into bloom over the course of an entire day. The timer itself allows automatic as well as manual shots (single and continuous) with use of the 2-stage shutter release button (autofocus, shutter release) for manual individual shots only. Use of the user defined triggering function allows the observation of a person, animal or event over time without the need of having to be standing behind the camera as you can set time-shifted infinite shooting with intervals.

The Hama Timer Remote:

Self Portraits With the DCCS, everyone is kept in the picture. Simply set up the camera, press the self-timer and enjoy your new self-portrait

Time exposures In order to take good pictures at night, the camera shutter must remain open longer than in daylight. Depending on the desired effect and available light, this can take between a few seconds and a couple of minutes.

Continuous Shooting The timer function offers demanding photographers the option of creating fascinating photo documentaries. If the pauses between the individual shots are short enough and the subject is photographed over a long period, then the photos can be combined into a high-definition video.

Wireless remote shutter release The wireless shutter release function is ideal for taking close-up photos of shy, curious or dangerous subjects. The photographer is able to monitor the area comfortably from their hiding place and only has to press the button on the transmitter at the right time.

Motion sensor remote release
Depending on the subject being photographed, it can take years of experience, lightning reflexes or a great deal of patience to capture a timid fox striding through the woods, an athlete crossing the finish line at the end of a 100 m sprint, or the erratic movements of a flying bat with a manual release. Here the infrared motion sensor can help even beginners take fascinating photographs.

Main features

The timer remote release serves as base which is connected with the appropriate connection cable with the camera
Interchangeable camera connections (separately available for all common cameras)
Cable not included in the delivery package
Advantages of the timer:

Documentation of single, automatic shots
Observation of persons and proceedings during a fixed period of time
Automatic serial shots
The following programs are integrated:

Manual individual picture, two-stage shutter release button (autofocus, shutter release)
Manual and automatic serial shot function
Automatic time exposure with exact time and date
Automatic time-shifted shooting
User defined triggering: (time-shifted shooting, with interval, e.g. one shot every 60 minutes, desired interval repetitions can be entered – infinite frequency also possible)

Competition Judge

Paul Chapman

Paul is a keen amateur photographer from the UK, and sees the creative aspects of photography as a welcome break from his day job as an Engineering Consultant in the Oil Industry.
Interested in photography since he was a teenager, Paul has been shooting more seriously for about 15 years and has featured in a number of our exhibitions over the years including; No Britain Is An Island, A Splash of Colour, Four Elements and Creativity.
He enjoys photographing a wide range of subjects but his location in Surrey lends itself in particular to nature and wildlife. In addition Paul enjoys architectural photography and also being creative in a more abstract way with photography apps and post-processing.
Paul is an active member on Flickr and Instagram, posting frequently on both platforms, he writes a regular blog and curates “Photography Snapshots”, an on-line magazine on Flipboard that has over 2.6 million page flips to date.