"Faith through a Lens" photo-competition

25 August 2016

Region: London

Last year's winner of photo competition 'Faith Through a Lens', Jim Grover, introduces this year's competition, which is judged by Don McCullin, gives us his experience of entering and encourages you to enter.  The deadline is 3rd October


Here's what Jim says:

"Last September a short mention in Amateur Photographer of a photo-competition ‘Faith through a Lens’ caught my eye.  At the time I was approaching the end of my year-long photo-essay project that sought to document the working life of my local vicar, Kit Gunasekera, here in South London so I felt that I really should have something amongst all of my many images that captured ‘faith’!  What especially appealed to me about the contest was the fact that the legendary Don McCullin was the chair of the judges.  So I duly entered.

In October I received a phone call inviting me to attend a reception for the finalists at the BBC in London.  The reception included a presentation of all 10 finalist images (https://www.faiththroughalens.co.uk/pages/awards-and-highlights) , which Don presided over, simultaneously giving his view on each and graciously presenting all of the finalist with prizes including a signed copy of his book.  And then after a suspense-laden video of the judging process, my image of ‘Floris’ was declared the winning image.  Extraordinary and totally unexpected!

The image of Floris went on to be featured in my first solo photo exhibition, ‘Of things not seen’ (www.ofthingsnotseen.com) on London’s South bank earlier this year and whenever I asked visitors to pick out their favourite image ‘Floris’ was frequently the selection.  Very sadly, the beautiful and lovely Floris recently passed away; it was a privilege for me to be asked to photograph her funeral for her family.

I’d urge RPS members to enter the competition.  It’s a great challenge; it’s extremely professionally managed by the sponsor (Congregational and General Insurance); Don plays a very active role and is charming and gracious, and there are some great prizes (including £1000 grant to a charity of your choice).

The closing date is October 3rd 2016…and you can find all the details here:


Go for it and good luck!"


Image and text © Jim Grover