The Photographic Angle – Competition – Folklore photography

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The Photographic Angle – Competition – Folklore photography

The Photographic Angle regularly runs photographic competitions which are open and accessible to everyone, regardless of their location, ability, experience, equipment or age.

Each competition has a theme, chosen by our Head of Design, and we welcome submissions that illustrate this theme showcasing originality and a unique viewpoint. The competitions are free to enter and TPA enlists the help of an independent judge who is given the responsibility of selecting the winning entries. One photographer whose entry is deemed the best representation of the competition theme will be awarded a prize.

Throughout the year, our Head of Design will also choose a selection of the best entries submitted to various competition themes for inclusion in one of our future photographic exhibitions. The chosen images will then be printed by the charity and exhibited at no expense to the photographers. If your work is chosen for inclusion you will be contacted via email and asked to send us high resolution versions of your work.


“Though folklore connects people to their past, it is a central part of life in the present, and is at the heart of all cultures”

American Folklore Society

The term ‘folklore’ is a very complex concept and it is not easy to find a single, undisputed definition. In broad terms, folklore can be described as the expressive culture that is shared by a particular group of people and includes the traditions that are common to that group.

These may be oral traditions such as tales, proverbs and jokes. They may include material culture, ranging from traditional building styles to handmade toys. Folklore also includes customary lore, such as the rituals of celebrations like Christmas and weddings, folk dances and initiation rites.

The various traditions, beliefs, customs and stories that relate to the community are passed down through the generations, usually by word of mouth or demonstration. They help to create a shared identity within a social group enabling us to learn who we are and how to make sense of the world around us.

Folklore links us to the cultural heritage from the past, and helps us to discover what it is to be human. It encompasses our attitudes, assumptions, beliefs, feelings, knowledge, understandings, and values.

This competition seeks to portray the various facets that make up the concept of folklore. Inspiration may be found in seasonal celebrations such as Christmas, New Year’s, and Halloween or lifecycle celebrations such as baptisms, birthdays or weddings. Other ideas include community festivals such as Mardi Gras, Carnivals, and Gay Pride for example.

Further inspiration may come from arts and crafts, ballads, folktales, fairy tales, folk plays, folk religion, games, legends, myths, nursery rhymes, regional costumes, traditional and regional food or traditional song and dance.


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May 17 2017


Start: May 17, 2017
End: June 17, 2017
Cost: Free
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