Photography competition

We are celebrating 100 years of council housing in Camden with a photography competition open to all Camden residents.

We want you to send us the photos that show us what makes your council house home. We want old and new pictures, so rummage through old family photos or get snapping and send us the picture that tells your story of council housing in Camden. We want photos that show the bricks and mortar – our varied and iconic buildings – but also pictures that show our tenants, leaseholders, families, neighbours and diverse communities who call our council properties home.


There are three categories:

1. Bricks and mortar
There are 33,000 council homes in Camden, from brand new to 200 years old – get snapping the buildings that mean the most to you.

2. Home
Send us a photo capturing what makes your council house home.

3. Then and now
Compare photos of your estate or neighbourhood in days gone by to photos of the same area now to show how Camden has changed.

For each category there are two age groups:
• Young photographers (under 18s)
• Adults (18 and over).

How to enter

Send your competition entries to or post hard copies to Housing News, FREEPOST LBC MAILROOM by Sunday 24 November 2019.

Include your name, a contact phone number or email and a caption of under 50 words.

If there are people in your photo you will need to make sure you have their written permission for the photo to be used – download this consent form and either fill it out and send by email with your photo, or print out and send a hard copy in the post.

Unfortunately we won’t be able to return hard copies of photos, so if it’s your only copy, take a photo with your phone or scan it to email it to us.

The winners

A winner will be chosen for each age group and category. An overall winner will receive £100 in vouchers, with a runner up receiving £50 in vouchers. 

The best photos will be displayed at an exhibition in Camden. All winners will receive a large framed print of their photograph and will have their photo featured in the Camden magazine and the virtual Camden People’s Museum. The museum will celebrate the people of Camden with stories, images, archive material, artwork and performance. To find out more visit


Terms and conditions

1. The 100 years of council housing photography competition starts on Monday 10 June 2019. It closes at midnight on Sunday 24 November 2019. Entries received after this will not be considered.
2. Photographs can be entered into the competition in two ways:
a) By email to
b) By freepost to Housing News, FREEPOST LBC MAILROOM.
3. For email and postal entries, you must include your full name, address, postcode, and phone number with your entry. You must also include a caption of no more than 50 words.
4. There is no limit on the number of entries you can submit to the competition.
5. There are 3 competition categories: ‘bricks and mortar’, ‘home’, and ‘then and now’. There are 2 age groups: young photographers (under 18) and adults (18 and over).
6. All Camden residents are eligible to enter. Entrants aged under 13 on Sunday 24 November 2019 must have permission from their parent, guardian or carer to take part.
7. The 100 years of council housing photography competition is only open to people who live in the London Borough of Camden. Residents who work for Camden Council can enter the competition.
8. Photographs must be taken in the London Borough of Camden and show people or places that relate to Camden’s council homes.
9. Photographs that have won competitions before are not eligible.
10. Entrants must not be professional photographers. For the purposes of this competition, a professional photographer will be considered to be someone who makes more than half their annual income from the sale of their photographs.
11. Digital photography allows for some image enhancement. You can enter images that have had blemishes removed or where the colour has been worked on, or where the image has been enhanced or cropped for the sake of the composition. We will not accept entries that superimpose elements photographed separately onto one image. Camden Council reserves the right to exclude any image it believes may have received excessive treatment to alter its authenticity.
12. By entering your photograph(s) into the 100 years of council housing photography competition, you declare that your photograph(s) and any material contained within the photograph(s) were taken by you and is your own original work and does not infringe the copyright or any other rights of a third party, unless you are submitting an older photo taken by a family member (for example in the ‘then and now’ category), and you must be sure that the photographer is happy for you to enter it into the competition.
13. If your photograph(s) is of a person or people and they are identifiable in it, you are responsible for getting their consent to allow you to take the photograph(s), to enter it into this competition, for it to be exhibited in public and for it to be used as set out in these terms and conditions. This applies to all photos taken in the last ten years. Consent must be obtained before the photograph(s) is entered into the competition. Download this editable consent form and ensure that each person in your photo completes it, and attach the completed forms to your email entry. If you are entering by post, print out the consent form, ensure that each person in your photo completes and signs it, and send with your entry. If any person appearing in your photograph(s) is under the age of 13, it is your responsibility to obtain the signature of their parent, guardian or carer and be able to verify this on request from the competition administrators. Failure to do so could result in disqualification.
14. Photographs must not, in the opinion of the competition administrators, contain obscene, defamatory, sexually explicit or inappropriate content. Our decision on appropriate content will be final, and we will not enter into correspondence about those decisions.
15. Our decision on which photographs we will exhibit is final, and we will not enter into correspondence about those decisions.
16. A winner will be chosen in each category, as well as an overall winner and runner up. Anyone whose work is exhibited will receive a large framed print of their photograph. Winners’ photographs will be displayed at an exhibition in Camden.
17. The competition will be judged by a panel including Camden residents and staff. Entries will be judged on composition, originality, its ability to reflect Camden council housing as a place to call home, and suitability for inclusion in an exhibition.
18. We will contact the winners to ask for their consent to announce their names in print and online and in the media. You have the right to withdraw your consent at a later date.
19. Camden Council retains the right to use photographs entered into the competition in future publicity materials, which may be online or printed. We will credit photographs where possible. By submitting your image(s), you acknowledge this and grant Camden Council permission to use them in future. Camden Council will not claim ownership of any photographs entered into the competition.
20. Camden Council accepts no responsibility for issues with the postal service that prevents an entry being received before the deadline. Proof of sending is not proof of receipt. Printed entries that are received by post will not be returned to you, so please remember to keep a copy.
21. By entering your photograph(s) into the 100 years of council housing photography competition, you are deemed to have accepted these terms and conditions.
22. Camden Council reserves the right to exclude any entry from the competition at any time if it has reason to believe that an entrant has breached these terms and conditions.
23. Camden Council reserves the right to cancel this competition or alter any of the rules at any stage, if deemed necessary, and if circumstances arise outside of its control.
24. The competition is administered by Camden Council’s Communications Team, London Borough of Camden, 5 Pancras Square, London N1C 4AG.