British Humanist Association photography competition


How do you photograph happiness? LIP’s Chair, Hugh Look, will be one of the judges for a new photography competition that asks just that question. The British Humanist Association is celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of its ‘Happy Human’ symbol by asking photographers to:

– Show what makes or has made you happy
– Try to capture the essence of happiness in the world around you
– Reflect on the things that make you feel good about being human, either individually or as a community

Hugh says, “Photography has a long tradition of reflecting every aspect of being human. Happiness can be very intimate, and one of photography’s great strengths is that it can respond as much to fleeting, individual moments of personal happiness as it can to great shared celebrations. I’m really looking forward to seeing how people communicate the many forms it can take through their photography and I hope that LIP members would like to show what it means to them.”

Robert Ashby, Chair of the BHA, is a photographer himself, and his work has been exhibited at the Format International Photography Festival in Derby. Other judges include Diane Smyth, Deputy editor of the British Journal of Photography and Colin Jacobson, founder of the Reportage website.

There is a £300 first prize voucher for the winner in each of seven categories, and the winners and runners-up will feature in a week-long exhibition at the Strand Gallery.

To find out more and to enter the competition by Thursday 15 October 2015, go to