Photo Competition for community groups to win unrestricted funds

Community photos of people


Designed to celebrate and showcase the crucial and fantastic work of community groups, small charities and social enterprises all over York and North Yorkshire, Two Ridings in conjunction with the High Sheriff of North Yorkshire, Clare Granger, are delighted to announce the 2023 Community Photo Competition.

Community groups in York and North Yorkshire are invited to send in amateur photographs (maximum two per organisation) that capture the essence of community for them.

The photographs will be judged in two categories:

  • Our People
  • Our Place

We want to see the people of our region, the vibrancy, the energy, the magic that shows the vital work that community organisations do.

An enthusiastic panel of six judges will shortlist the three most impactful photos in each category in September.  The shortlisted groups will be invited to a special Photography Exhibition & Showcase in October where final decisions will be made. The 1st prize in each category is £3000, 2nd prize is £2000 and the 3rd prize £1000. These are unrestricted funds which means that groups can use it to fund anything they choose.

The Photography Exhibition & Showcase is on Wednesday 25th October at Allerton Castle, Knaresborough, where the winning and highly commended photographs will be enlarged and displayed in an exhibition for an invited audience to enjoy. All the images in the exhibition will also be eligible for an Audience prize of £1500.

Photos from both categories could include people (with permission) in them (staff, the people you support, volunteers, for example) and we envisage the photographs show off what a group does and how they do it. The photographs can be literal or artistic.

The winning groups will have a unique profile-raising opportunity at the event to talk about their photographs, the people they support, their communities and the projects they deliver to a room full of people keen to support local groups and make a difference across North Yorkshire, including existing and potential investors.

All winning and highly commended entries will be displayed on the Two Ridings website and the winning entries used in social media campaigns, our impact report and other promotional material, giving the groups a powerful opportunity to showcase their work and to reach new supporters.


Judges will shortlist the photographs in September in order to invite the three chosen groups in each category to the exhibition in October.

Competition Requirements:

  • Photos must be taken in York or North Yorkshire
  • Community groups must be based in York or North Yorkshire
  • Photos must be high quality – at least 300 dpi or greater in either colour or black and white
  • Photos must be amateur shots and not taken by a professional photographer
  • Any person in a photograph must have given the group permission for it to be taken and used for the competition

How to Enter & Competition Rules:

1. To enter this competition, you must be the author of the image(s) and own the copyright. Two Ridings Community Foundation accepts no liability if an image is unlawfully reproduced.

2. Entrants must be based in and represent community work being carried out in York or North Yorkshire by a small community group/charity/social enterprise/CIC with a turnover under £500,000 during 2023.

3. Entrants must ensure that anyone featured in submitted photographs has given their consent to be included and used for the purposes of this competition and if successful that their image may be used in Two Ridings promotional materials and social media. By submitting your photograph you are confirming you have the required permission.

4. Images should be taken by the community group they represent. We do not want the competition to contain photographs taken professionally.

5. Images submitted to the competition must be of high resolution (300dpi or greater) and submitted by email to [email protected] with subject header: Community Photo Competition North Yorkshire, clearly stating the group name, the category entered and telephone and email contact details of the sender. (We regret that we are unable to accept postal entries.)

6. Entrants will retain the copyright of their image(s) but in entering the competition they agree to allow Two Ridings Community Foundation to reproduce, enlarge, publish, exhibit (print & digital) their images for promotional purposes.

7. The deadline for entries is 5pm on Tuesday 5th September 2023. Entries will not be accepted after this time.

8. Entries will be judged by a panel to include local Yorkshire photographer James Drury and chaired by Simon Hill, the President of the Royal Photographic Society. Shortlisted groups will be notified in early October, and announced on the Two Ridings website and social media channels (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram & LinkedIn) on the week commencing the 30th October 2023.

9. The winning entry in each category will receive £3000 for their community group or charity in unrestricted funds. Second and third place will claim a respective £2000 and £1000 for their community group or charity.

10. Payments can only be made to a charity or community group bank account.

11. Two Ridings Community Foundation’s decision on the winning entries is final, and no correspondence will be entered into regarding judging and competition organisation.

12. By entering the competition, you agree to Two Ridings Community Foundation using your details to process your entry. Your details will not be used for marketing purposes.