After the success of last year's competition Two Meters of Separation, Equal Lens is holding a 2021 Photography Competition. This year we are asking women and non-binary people to use their creativity to enter a photograph/s that celebrates joy from a cultural perspective.


The key challenge here will be for photographers to actively seek out what is unknown to you personally, observing it with curiosity and open eyes, and finding the beauty in that chosen subject. The subject may be an object, a person, an area … whatever you so desire. The key is to step out of your comfort zone and challenge yourself to respond to this brief in a creative way… 


Sachini Imbuldeniya :  Founder & Managing Director, Studio Pi 

Jason Heward : Managing Director, Leica Camera UK   

Izabela Radwanska Zhang : Editorial Director, 1854 Media 

Lorie Jo Trainor Buckingham : Global Creative Director, Deliveroo

Rosie Hart :  Director, Serlin Associates

Zuki Sedgley : Creative Director, Phantom Equal Lens


  1. British Journal of Photography one-year full access membership + print subscription

  2. Leica ONA Bag The Berlin II (choice between Vintage Bourbon or Black) 

  3. Winning photographs printed + framed courtesy of The Print Foundry and hung at the Leica Gallery, London for the prize-giving event.

  4. Attending and showcasing at winners’ event at Leica Gallery, Duke Street, London

  5. Winners featured on our social media channels and our website

  6. One on one with industry commissioners


  1. The competition has a £5 entry fee. All monies raised will be going back in to funding future Equal Lens projects.

  2. Fill in our competition submission form below.

  3. Name image(s) you upload as follows: COMPETITION_FIRSTNAME_SURNAME_TITLE, you can have up to 3 images as part of the set. 

  4. Accept the Terms & Conditions

  5. Proceed with payment, please use the same email as in the entry. 

  6. In the future we hope to hold a printed exhibition. Please ensure that you shoot your image in high resolution. If chosen to exhibit, we will request the full resolution file closer to the exhibit date.

  7. Image Rules:

  8. This would ideally be a new creation or from your 2021 recent archive. This can be a single image or a series of up to three images.

  9. Submission Deadline: Please submit by August 12th 5pm GMT.

  10. Winners will be announced at the end of September 2021.

N.B. Everyone who works at Equal Lens is a volunteer with a day job in the creative industry. So please be patient with us while we review your competition submission.

We'd also like to thank our partners Leica, Print Foundry Lab and British Journal of Photography for their wonderful support and a special thank you to Fred Witting for all his hard work on the Equal Lens website development and design.


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