Blipfoto, Channel 4, NTS and Scottish Screen launch photography competition

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Blipfoto, Channel 4, NTS and Scottish Screen launch photography competition

As a New Year dawns some of Scotland’s finest have banded together to create a totally unique photo opportunity.

With the New Year’s resolutions now in full swing, daily photo blogging community Blipfoto has teamed up with Channel 4, the National Theatre of Scotland and Scottish Screen to create a unique international photography competition. With followers and contributors from Dundee to Peru, the project’s aim is to celebrate and share extraordinary moments and stories from everyday life, online.

Launched as three different competitions throughout the year, until September 2010, the first competition: Unstaged: Scotland at Play will run through to February 2010. Details of the subsequent two competitions will be announced in early and mid 2010.
For the Unstaged strand, creatives are invited to send in submissions that capture the ‘spirit of performance and play’ in Scotland. The only competition with a geographic limitation, photos must be taken in Scotland to be eligible. Entry is open to anyone over 13, with a separate category for under 18s. Entrants will be allowed to submit a series of five images with words (the text is as important as the image) to Blipfoto.com/unstaged. The winner can look forward to £500 cash, a Canon EOS 500D camera, one day’s shooting with the National Theatre of Scotland and a lifetime Blipfoto premium membership. Second and Third place winners will receive a Panasonic Lumix LX3 and Blipfoto premium membership for a year. The seven runners-up will receive Blipfoto premium membership for one year.

Stuart Cosgrove, director of Channel 4 Nations & Regions, said: ‘Unstaged throws down the gauntlet for budding photographers to do the same. The competitions are all about exposing the extraordinary in the ordinary. We’re delighted to be teaming up with a highly respected partner such as National Theatre of Scotland and a website as creatively exciting as Blipfoto.com.’

Vicky Featherstone, artistic director for the National Theatre of Scotland added: ‘National Theatre of Scotland has built its success so far on innovative collaborations which push the boundaries of theatre and redefine our experience of it. We are nothing without nurturing and harnessing the extraordinary talents within our different communities. I can’t wait to see what people’s imaginations will do.’

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