Museum of the Year photo competition opens

12 May 2015


Martin Parr HonFRPS is to judge the Museum of the Year photography competition. As part of the Art Fund Prize for Museum of the Year 2015, the Art Fund is calling on amateur photographers and smartphone users to send in their best shots of any of the six shortlisted museums: 

  • Dunham Massey (National Trust), Altrincham
  • IWM London
  • The MAC, Belfast
  • Oxford University Museum of Natural History; 
  • HM Tower of London (Historic Royal Palaces); 
  • The Whitworth, Manchester

The Art Fund is looking for the images that most creatively represent the six finalist museums. Images could explore any aspect of the museum – they might study the museum’s architecture, showcase a favourite object in the collection or be a snapshot of visitors enjoying the space.

The renowned British documentary photographer and photo-journalist, Martin Parr HonFRPS, has been selected as the official photographer of the Art Fund Prize for Museum of the Year 2015 and will also judge the national photography competition.

Martin Parr HonFRPS, photographer, said: “With strange objects, striking buildings and hoards of visitors, museums are wonderful places to capture on camera. We’re calling for Britain’s amateur photographers to celebrate six of the nation’s finest museums and send us snapshots that showcase the Museum of the Year shortlist.”

Participants must be over 18 years old to enter and the deadline for submissions is Sunday 31 May. All submissions will be whittled down by Martin Parr to a shortlist of six photographs – one for each museum. The winner will be chosen by a public online vote (open 8-22 June), with the winner announced on 25 June. 

The top prize is a photography weekend for two in Berlin courtesy of Frui Creative Holidays and Courses, and the winning image will be published in Art Quarterly’s Autumn 2015 issue. The winner will also receive a £500 voucher for photography equipment from Calumet. Each of the six shortlisted photographers will win a National Art Pass and a copy of the  bestselling book Read This If You Want to Take Great Photographs by Heny Carroll, photographer, writer and Frui Creative Holidays and Courses co-founder.

Participants can enter a photograph either via an online form or via Instagram or Twitter, using the hashtag #motyphoto as well as the name of the shortlisted museum depicted in the image. Full information on how to enter can be found at 

Image: © Martin Parr. Visitors pictured under the Permanent Present, the only permanent artwork at The MAC, Belfast, Northern Ireland; nominated for Museum of the Year 2015.