The Monday Muse Week 21 - Competitions

25 January 2016

Region: London

The Monday Muse Week 21

The latest weekly amusement from RPS London.  This week, our muse is to enter a competition.

The photographic world is full of competitions, from our own Society competitions and our first Breathing London comp. to major internationals, where winning really can be a life-changing experience.  There are plenty of competitions listed on the web, for example, on the Insider website.  There’s one week left to enter the Zeiss Photography Competiton, a month before the Wildlife Photographer of the Year closes and it’s time to start thinking about the International Photography Award and the Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize.

And to get you in the mood, read Neil Cordell’s behind the scenes look at the Taylor Wessing (downloadable from here) and Barry Hoffman’s recent experience of entering.

“I excitedly prepared my print in accordance with the very specific instructions of the Taylor Wessing competition rules and duly paid my £27 – probably the most expensive entry fee I’ve submitted this year. I didn’t hold out much hope, but you never know, Art is so subjective and I secretly imaginged my picture on the billboards outside the National Gallery and a bank balance that had increased by £12,000.

However, it wasn’t to be and I was cruelly rejected yet again! However, luckily for me in 2011 Carole Evans and James O Jenkins  founded the Portrait Salon as a response to the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize.

A form of Salon des Refusés – it’s an exhibition of works rejected from the prestigious (and so obviously misguided) juried competitions – it aims to showcase the best of the rejected images from the Taylor Wessing Prize, which is organized annually by the National Portrait Gallery in London.

Portrait Salon has been going now for 5 years and as a celebration £7.50 meant that my print, along with others rejected by the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize could be exhibited. 

The exhibition was at The Embassy Tea Gallery in London during and was a busy and well attended exhibition including a public vote. So maybe next year I’ll fare better in the TW – but in the meantime I am proud to have been in the Portrait Salon as one of the Refusés.” (Barry Hoffman LRPS)


Image © Barry Hoffman LRPS

The Monday Muse is an ongoing initiative.  There are no deadlines and you don’t have to take the photographs in the week that the Muse is set.  Once you’ve set up your album, you can add to it any time.  A list of previous Muses can be found here. You don’t have to be a member of the London Region to participate - all-comers welcome!

Monday Muse Info

As the inspirational ideas we posted as part of the Bleeding London project proved to be so popular, we’re going to continue the theme with The Monday Muse.  Every Monday, we’ll be posting an inspirational idea for the week, with links to tips and suggestions on how to achieve the best images.  We’ll be featuring our favourites here on the blog and in our monthly eZine Capital Interest.  And just to add a bit of competition, we’ll be running a points league.  There is one point for posting an image and there will be occasional bonus points.  At the end of the year, whoever has the most points will receive a gift voucher to spend in the RPS shop. 

What to do next

Take competition image(s).

EITHER upload it to your Monday Muse album in the RPS galleries and send the link to  

OR post the image (or a link to it) to the RPS London group on Facebook

OR tweet it (@ The_RPSLonfon; hashtag #rpsmuse)

OR upload to Instagram (hashtag #rpsmuse)

Don’t forget to tell us which competition you’re entering.


Small Print

Images must be taken after the topic has been announced.  By submitting to The Monday Muse, you agree that we can use your images on the RPS website and in RPS publications.  Copyright remains with the photographer.  Full accreditation will be given.