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Background to the Competition

 
Kathy Brown, Director of The Trafalgar Way, tells us: "Following the success of our short story competition "An Urgent Message" in 2018, which was aimed at young people aged 7 to 21, we wanted to hold a much bigger competition this time round, which would appeal to a wider audience and help us to further grow awareness of The Trafalgar Way as a national heritage route.

Consequently, this competition is open to entrants nationwide, although we anticipate most entries will come from south and south-western England. It's also open to all age groups, as we know there is an immense wealth of interest, creativity and talent out there deserving of recognition."


The Art and Photography competition invites entrants to explore and capture the route and geography of The Trafalgar Way in picture form, as well as learning something of its history. 
 
Read about the history of The Trafalgar Way, from the 1805 context, the battle itself, and the journey of the official messenger, to the 2005 bicentenary celebrations and the present day.
 
Discover the route of The Trafalgar Way, with inspiration for scenes along the way.
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How to Enter

  1. Read our 'guidelines for entrants' below
  2. Take a stunning photograph or create a two-dimensional artwork of a scene along The Trafalgar Way.
  3. Register on our competition site
  4. Submit your entries
  • The submission deadline is 1st September 2020. You may submit each entry in full or save and return to edit your work right up to the submission deadline.
  • Schools may enter multiple entries on behalf of their pupils.
    Fees are from £1 to £5 for each entry submitted, depending on your age.
  • It's a good idea to register on the site even if you are not yet ready to submit your masterpiece, as that way you will receive all the news and communications aimed at competition entrants.
 
 
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The Prizes

 
There are almost 40 chances to win an award in this competition, with top prizes including up to £1000, plus special trophies and lots of runner-up prizes to scoop.

Main award winners will be invited to London on October 22nd 2020 for a private awards ceremony and spectacular concert which will feature their winning entry.
 
All award-winning entries will be considered for a Postcards from the Trafalgar Way touring exhibition during 2021.
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How much does it cost to enter?

 
A small fee is required for entries to encourage a good standard of entry, and to help raise money to support The Trafalgar Way for future generations. Entry fees (and prizes) vary according to age group:

Age 7 to 11 - £1 per entry
Age 12 to 16 - £2 per entry
Age 17 to adult - £5 per entry

All proceeds from this competition are donated directly to The 1805 Club, a charity registered in England and Wales (no 1071871), for the purposes of continuing the promotion, educational programmes and custodianship of The Trafalgar Way.
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School entries


For the age category 7 to 11, teachers and school staff may submit photographic entries and photos of artwork on behalf of students. There are special prizes available for the best two entries each representing a school.
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Guidelines for entrants

 
For a full and regularly updated FAQ (Frequently asked questions) and set of hints and tips for entrants, please click the button below.

Full Competition Terms and Conditions of Entry are here.
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The judges


Our judges for the Postcards from The Trafalgar Way competition include genuine experts in the fields of art and photography. We are delighted to have the support of the Royal Navy Photographic Branch who display an incredible standard of professional photography and produce jaw-dropping images on land, sea and shore. 

All entries will be judged anonymously.