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IP launches annual Scilly photography competition

The Islands’ Partnership has launched the Isles of Scilly’s official Photography Competition for 2018.


This year’s competition, in partnership with Karma St. Martin’s Hotel, is open to all photographers living on, working on, or visiting the islands.

The annual contest has attracted nearly 4,000 entries over the past four years, with a record 1,350 submitted in 2017.

The winning photos from the previous competitions - Mark Smith’s “The Daily Commute” (2017), “Sky, Sea, Sand” by Carl Farran (2016), Megan Gallacher’s “Tropical Oasis” (2015) and “Puffin” by Steven Burbidge (2014) - have all become iconic marketing images for the Isles of Scilly alongside many of those that were shortlisted in their categories.

'The Daily Commute'

The outright winner will win a three-night break for two on a Bed & Breakfast basis at Karma St. Martin’s, dinner for two at Karma St. Martin’s on one of the evenings, and two return tickets to Scilly (flights or passenger ferry) from Penzance or Land's End.

The eight categories for the 2018 Isles of Scilly Photography Competition are: An island playground; Creative Scilly; Escape to Scilly; Islands at Work; Natural Scilly; Our History & Heritage; Secret Scilly; and Taste of Scilly.

Photos can be entered from this weekend until the closing date of September 30th.

IP Executive director David Jackson said: “With the launch of our Creative Islands project this year, we are particularly keen for budding photographers to explore Scilly’s rich cultural and artistic heritage. We know too, that so many people come to Scilly to escape the hustle and bustle of modern-day living which is why we’re also looking to capture those perfect moments of wellbeing and island escapism.

“The annual Isles of Scilly Photography Competition is a great addition to our seasonal calendar and one that is enthusiastically anticipated by some visitors to the islands. We’ll be looking for photos that really do encapsulate the essence of Scilly and welcome photographers keen to showcase their talents in Visit Isles of Scilly’s marketing materials including the Visit Isles of Scilly Guide, our website and various promotional materials throughout the year.

“And finally, of course, I would like to thank Karma St. Martin’s for their kind and generous winner’s prize.”

'Tropical Oasis'

After the competition closes, a shortlist of the best entries from each category will be selected by representatives of the Islands’ Partnership. These will be displayed online via, with the general public invited to vote for their favourite images. The winner will be notified by email in November 2018.

Find out more information about the competition and how to apply here.


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