Enter the Richard Coward SPA in Photography

Entries for the 2019 SPAs are now closed

You may enter as many times as you wish. All portraits submitted should have been created after 1 January 2015

1. READ The Rules

Please note that the SPA Photography Award is only for black and white photography. If you enter a colour photograph for this competition by mistake we will enter the image in the SPA Fine Art competition instead. 

2. CHECK photograph SIZE:

You will submit a jpeg image for the first round of the competition. Please note that if your work is selected for the exhibition you will need to submit a framed and glazed printed photograph no smaller than 28 cm x 31 cm (without frame) and no larger than 65cm x 65 cm (including fame).

3. check the reasons for disqualification:

My image is best in colour! What can I do? Enter the SPA in Fine Art.

Why do you allow colour photography in the SPA in Fine Art and not in the Richard Coward SPA in Photography? Read here.

Every year, we have to disqualify work. Don’t let this be you. The main reasons photographs get disqualified are:

  • Artists have entered a colour photograph for a black and white competition.

  • Artists do not know the name of the person in the photograph and do not have their permission (or the permission of their estate/heirs) to show the image.

  • The work has been previously exhibited in Scotland - in a gallery, bookshop, theatre etc. This disqualification applies even if the original image was in colour and has been turned into black and white.

NOTE: The top thirty entries for the Richard Coward SPA in Photography should be available for exhibition until the end of May 2020

4. prepare your PHOTOGRAPh(s) for online judging

For preliminary judging online, submit a  JPG/JPEG image of the work. The image file should be no greater than 3MB in size and screen resolution (72 or 96dpi) is fine.

We also advise that you keep one hi-res image in reserve. This should be 42 cms on the longest side and 300 DPI. If your work is selected for the exhibition you will be asked to send the hi-res image for the catalogue.

5. Complete the entry form,attach your entry FOR THE richard coward SPA IN photography, and make your payment

Fill in the form below and attach your images where indicated. Successful submission of a form will take you to the Payment Page. If payment is made under another name, please inform the SPA Administrator Dai Lowe

You should receive an acknowledgement email from our form handler, Wufoo, confirming your entry as well as acknowledgement of receipt of payment from our bankers, CAF. We will also send an email acknowledging receipt of both your entry and payment.

Your entry form, work and payment must be submitted by midnight BST on Sunday 30 June, 2019

Any issues? Contact the SPA administrator, Dai Lowe, scotportrait@lucidity.ltd.uk

If you want to pay in advance, go straight to photography payment

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Cover photo credit: Alex Leszczynski