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.


In photography, the golden hours are the periods of daytime around dawn and dusk, when daylight is redder and softer than when the Sun is higher in the sky. The term ‘hour’ is used figuratively as the effect has no defined duration and will vary according to season and latitude.

The effect provides a ‘magic touch’ to images taken at these times and produces something really very special and this is why these times are also referred to as the ‘magic hours’.  The effect works particularly well with landscape photography, giving a golden glow to everything in the image.

For those who dislike photographs of themselves, portraits also benefit from the golden hour because skin tones look warmer. The light is being directed from a low angle and this illuminates the face without creating shadows to obstruct the features.

Textures can be emphasised, shadows creatively placed taking advantage of their length and certain objects can seem to ‘glow’ whilst others can be seen as silhouettes all during the Golden Hours.

There are many dramatic effects that be captured during the Golden Hours and for this competition, we challenge you to find the most creative and ‘magical’ images to enter.

Margaret Bourke-White sums up the images we look forward to receiving for this competition beautifully, as she says, ‘A kind of golden hour one remembers for a life time… Everything was touched with magic’.



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Competition Judge

Chris Dorney

Chris graduated from the University of West London (then known as Thames Valley University) in 2010 with a BA Hons Degree in ‘Photography & Digital Imaging’. Since graduating, he has worked freelance and regularly has work published worldwide in newspapers (inc. The Times, The Guardian, The Sun, The Wall Street Journal etc), magazines, (TIME Magazine, BBC History, Digital Camera Magazine etc), travel guides (Lonely Planet, Dorling Kindersley etc), books (London’s Hidden Walks series) and television (the BBC). He is also a contributor to various photo-agencies (including iStock/Getty, Shutterstock and Alamy), and has so far sold over 175,000 stock images.

His Grandad gave him an old film camera as a teenager and this was the first step on his journey into photography. That year, he enrolled on the City and Guilds and A-Level courses in photography and has never looked back – it was on those courses he came to the realisation that he wanted to be a Photographer. He began gaining technical expertise and started to develop his own style and get a taste of all different genres of photography. He then went on to do a Degree in ‘Photography and Digital Imaging’ where another three years were spent gaining further knowledge and honing his skills.

Since starting his photographic journey in the early 2000s, the most valuable lesson he has learnt is that the best way to learn your craft is through experience. You can gain many qualifications in the subject and have letters after your name, but what really makes you improve as a Photographer is to keep taking photographs. Through experience, the vital components that make a great image (framing, composition, lighting, exposure etc) will become easier and end up becoming second-nature.