Entry for SUN29 is open  from 31 July to 18 September 

Annual competitive entry to the SUN exhibition and book

Entry is open to professional photographers in the UK regions from the Midlands to the Scottish Isles.

Annual awards are made in 3 categories
Best Image
Best Use of Image 
(images used in context eg… editorial, advertising, packaging)
Best Promotion of a photographer
(best practice in marketing of a photographer)

Established in 1988, the SUN AWARDS is run by photographers for photographers and all who use, commission and buy photography.

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  • BEST IMAGE – both commissioned and non-commissioned images
  • Who can enter – professional photographers*
  • BEST USE OF AN IMAGE – images used in context eg… editorial, advertising, packaging
  • Who can enter – professional photographers
    best practice in marketing of a photographer in either printed material or web site
  • Who can enter – professional photographers

(*must be based in the northern regions of the UK… from midlands to north of scotland)

Earlybird & Regular entry:

If an “earlybird” entry period is offered, you will also be able to enter further images during the “regular” entry period.


This year our solo curator is Louise Clements, an international portfolio reviewer.
All entries and make the awards in each category.
see below also

Awards Presentation & Exhibition:

The category awards will be presented on the launch night of the exhibition displaying all the winning entries. This takes place in the latter part of the year.
The exhibition may also tour to other venues around the country.

Book & Web site:

All winning entries also feature in the SUN book and web site.
[All best image submissions also feature in a sub section on the web site]

The Judging Process:

Judging for the SUN Awards is done anonymously by an independent curating judge, selected each year from from amongst the leading creative industry peers.

The process:-

  • Call for Entry invitations and forms are checked and verified prior to launch.
  • Received entries are collated following the closing date.
  • All entries in the Best Image category are viewed anonymously and in a random order.
  • Entries are judged individually, not as an exhibition.
  • The top 50 images are selected and will appear in the SUN exhibition and publications.
  • Of these the top 3 images are awarded on merit.
  • Other categories are judged in a similar fashion, but in these cases until the final three are derived and placed in winning order.
  • Only after all the final results have been recorded, and the adjudicator has been satisfied, are the winning entries matched with their creators names.
  • Notifications are sent by email within approximately 14 days of judging.

Professional Verification

By entering the SUN Awards all entrants agree that for the purposes of verifying their professional status and location they 1) may be visited by the organisers or their agents 2) and agree to provide supporting evidence on request.
Any entrant who does not meet the criteria will forfeit all fees and other monies and agree to cover all consequential costs which can include reconvening the judging panel and reprinting the SUN book.


The judges decisions are final. Judges may withhold giving any awards, or may select extra entries for attention as they see fit. Where the judges feel that entries do not meet their desired level of attainment, no refund of fees can be made.

Entries not  complying with entry criteria or submission deadline may not be judged and will not be refunded.

If you have entered the current competition and have a concern about the competition or judging process, please use our contact page to address the adjudicator and they will investigate your query.

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