Saturday, June 16, 2007

BBC photo essay competition

For anyone interested, the BBC has invited people to send in their own photo essays (click here to see the site). I'm going to write up one in the next few days

"Have you been to an unusual event? Do you want to shed light on a subject or place that you are interested in, or would you just like to show off your best pictures?

If so then we want you to send us between eight and 10 photographs with captions for presentation as a gallery on the In Pictures page."

You can send it as an email here -

Also it gives some good advice on how to approach this. I think I'm going to be using this as the basis of a few lessons/class project in the following school year;

Guide to shooting a Photo Essay


Ideally, you should aim to take a variety of photographs - it's a good idea to plan the story before you start. A good first photo would be one that introduces the subject to the readers.

A photo from Kamyar Adl's feature on life in Tehran

Make sure you take some close-up photos as well as some wider pictures to show the subject's environment, but remember to include something in the foreground to add impact.

When you take the picture, remember to look up or down to see what is around you. You might get a better shot if you kneel, or find a position to look down from.

The completed photo essay will have no more than 10 photographs, but you can send us more to choose from.

Make sure you have permission from anyone pictured before submitting the photographs.


Each picture will need a caption.

Who, what, why, where and when is a good place to start when gathering information for the caption, but where possible quotes from those pictured and a description of how you are feeling will help bring the essay to life.

We don't need many words - no more than 40 per picture.

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