The Museum of Barnstaple and North Devon is excited to announce 'Home' as the theme of the 2021 ‘Documentary Photography Open’ competition.

Entries for the competition will be accepted in January 2021, it is is free to enter and is open to amateurs, professionals and local photography groups with a winning prize of £200 from J&A Cameras up for grabs.

The competition will provide a platform for anyone aged 14 and over including students, amateurs, professionals and photography groups. Successful applicants will feature in an exhibition, held from February to May in the temporary exhibition gallery, showcasing contemporary photography from across North Devon. 

The theme of Home has been selected for 2021 exhibition and the museum is asking photographers across North Devon to submit images of what home means to them and their community. Not necessarily a house, home can be family, a community or an environment. The museum welcomes images of lockdown and the effects of Covid-19 in relation to the theme.

Museum Curator, Alison Mills says "Our aim is to celebrate the tradition of documentary photography in North Devon, we hope to give contemporary photographer's valuable exposure, enhancing their practice and helping to document this beautiful part of the country. The photography theme has particular relevance this year because of the Covid-19 pandemic and how people’s way of life has been affected by lockdown."

Leader of North Devon Council, Councillor David Worden says: "This photography competition is a fantastic idea, not only as a way of bringing the talent of local photographers to the attention of museum visitors, but also as a way of documenting North Devon as it is now and preserving the images for generations to come for whom Covid-19 will be a thing of the past."

During the exhibition’s duration a public vote will be held within the community gallery and the image with the most votes by the closing date of the exhibition will be awarded with a winner’s certificate, and a £200 voucher from J&A Cameras.

Application forms and more information is available from the museum website.

Exact submission dates will be announced in the new year. Please email museum@northdevon.gov.uk with any queries.

Photo credit to James Ravilious/Beaford Arts.