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Your Commonwealth - through your lens!

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Join us in celebrating the diversity of the Commonwealth’s 53 countries and its people!

We want to showcase and celebrate the beauty and individuality exhibited by each person living in the Commonwealth. We hope this competition inspires people throughout the 53 member countries of the Commonwealth to use their photography skills to engage with this year's theme of 'An Inclusive Commonwealth'. 

The competition is open to Commonwealth citizens of all ages, and photographs must have been taken in a Commonwealth country. The competition will run from 14 March until 25 April 2016.

For more details, please read Rules of Entry and Terms and Conditions

'An Inclusive Commonwealth'

The Commonwealth Theme for 2016 celebrates the diversity of the Commonwealth, which is made up of more than two billion people. Every one of them is different, and each of them has something unique to offer. The Commonwealth builds a better world by including and respecting everybody, and we hope this year's Commonwealth Photography Competition will help us celebrate the richness and diversity of all people living in the Commonwealth.


The winning photographs will form part of an exhibition at the Commonwealth Secretariat's headquarters in London throughout 2016. These photographs will also feature in a new Commonwealth Calendar for 2017 and be published and promoted on the Commonwealth's website and social media accounts. Each featured finalist will receive a copy of the calendar, in addition to a cash prize.

The decision of the judges is final. No correspondence will be entered into. All winners will be notified by email on/by 4 May 2016. 

Commonwealth Photographer of the Year 2016
The photographer with the picture judged by a panel of judges to be the best overall will receive a total cash prize of £1,000 (GBP). 

Regional Awards
The best photographer from Africa, Asia, Caribbean and the Americas, Europe, and the Pacific will each receive a cash prize of £500 (GBP).

Highly Commended Award
The photographer with the entry which receives the most ‘likes’ on Instagram will receive £100 (GBP). 

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Download and print the Competition poster to help spread the word. 

Before entering the Competition, please ensure you have read, and agree to, the Terms and Conditions