Best of Birmingham Exhibition

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Photos of Birmingham, by people of Birmingham, for Birmingham.

We are honoured to be collaborating with Birmingham Museums Trust and Brumpic for the 2017 IGersBirmingham exhibition, the theme of which is Best of Birmingham: photos of Birmingham, by people of Birmingham, for Birmingham.

The exhibition will be held in the Museum of the Jewellery Quarter. The main exhibition will feature 25 framed images which will be displayed from November to January. We will also be displaying an additional selection of highly commended images, electronically, for the first week of the exhibition.

  • Photos of Birmingham: The exhibition will feature images celebrating the “Best of Birmingham” – its heritage; the urban landscape; green spaces in the city and surrounding area; its communities and people; and much more.
  • By the people of Birmingham: Images will be by the people that make up the IGersBirmingham community – whether they are born and bred in Birmingham and the surrounding area or have moved to the region and made this their home.
  • For Birmingham: The 25 framed prints on display will be sold at the end of the exhibition with all proceeds going towards supporting Birmingham Museums Trust, an educational charity (no. 1147014).

How to be featured in the exhibition

Photos must be posted to Instagram between June 24th 2017 and 9pm August 20th 2017, using the hashtag #igb_comp_bestofbirmingham

Images must be of the following dimensions and quality, in order for them to be appropriately printed, framed and displayed:

  • A3 or above (over 420mm x 297mm),
  • 300dpi or 50mb to 70mb
  • be in .tif file format.

Photographers that are to be featured in the main exhibition will be contacted on the 29th August 2017 and will be required to submit their photographs by 3rd September 2017.

The 25 winning photographers will be announced during Birmingham Heritage Week in September and the exhibition will open on Friday 10th November. Winners will be invited to attend a private viewing on the evening of Thursday 9th.


A panel of judges will select the 25 images to be included in the main exhibition and will highly commend a further 25 images for display during week one of the exhibition. The panel will include representatives from Birmingham Museums Trust, BrumPic, and IGersBirmingham, as well as Trevor Beattie. Trevor was born and bred in the Balsall Heath area of Birmingham and completed a degree in graphic design and photography at Wolverhampton. Nowadays he is considered one of the leading figures in advertising in Britain, having been responsible for campaigns including “fcuk” and the memorable “Hello boys” Wonderbra advertisements.

They will be looking for high quality images of Birmingham and the surrounding area. Images of Birmingham Museums are encouraged. For the purposes of this competition, “Birmingham and the surrounding area” extends as far North as (and to include) Sutton Park; as far East as the airport / M42; as far South as the M42; and as far West as (and to include) the Clent Hills.

An overall winner will be selected, this image and all images selected for the exhibition may be used in marketing materials relating to the exhibition.

Terms and Conditions

All information detailing how to enter the competition to be featured forms part of these terms and conditions. It is a condition of entry that all rules are accepted as final and that the competitor agrees to abide by these rules. The decision of the judges is final and no correspondence will be entered into. Submission of an entry will be taken to mean acceptance of these terms and conditions.

1. Entries must be submitted via posting them on Instagram using #igb_comp_bestofbirmingham. We are not able to accept postal or email entries.

2. All entries must be posted by the advertised closing time and date (9pm on the 20/08/2017).

Photos that have been previously posted may be reposted for entry into this competition.

3. Winning entries will be printed so original files must be of high resolution: 300dpi, A3 or above (over 420mm x 297mm) or 50mb to 70mb and be in .tif file format. Entries posted to Instagram are best viewed at max width 1080px.

4. The 25 winners will be contacted during the week commencing the 28th August. Winners will have 7 days to submit their photos to IGersBirmingham (details will be provided). At this point entries will be checked to ensure that they meet the conditions stated above. Entries that are found not to meet the requirements will be discounted. Entrants will be asked to include their own name, email address and telephone number and a brief description of the subject. Data protection applies and names, telephone number and email address will only be used for the purposes of this competition, and not passed on to any third parties. Winners will also be asked to complete a Copyright Holder’s Licence to enable Birmingham Museums Trust to sell the exhibited print as a one-off, with proceeds going towards supporting the Trust.

5. All images submitted must be the work of the individual submitting them. It is the responsibility of each entrant to ensure that any images they submit have been taken with the permission of the subject (and can prove this if requested) and do not infringe the copyright of any third party or any laws. Entrants must warrant that the photograph they are submitting is their own work and that they own the copyright for it.

6. Copyright in all images submitted for this competition remains with the respective entrants. However, in consideration of their providing the Competition entry, each entrant grants a worldwide, non-exclusive, perpetual licence to Birmingham Museums Trust and IGersBirmingham for editorial, marketing, PR, learning and all social media platforms for the promotion of The Best of Birmingham Competition by Birmingham Museums Trust and IGersBirmingham.

7. Multiple entries (up to 10) are permitted, however only one entry per person will be selected as part of the 25 winners. Late, illegible, incomplete, or corrupt entries will not be accepted. No responsibility can be accepted for lost entries and proof of transmission will not be accepted as proof of receipt. Entries must not be sent through agencies or third parties.

8. The 25 winning images will be featured in an exhibition showing from Nov – end of Jan (possibility to extend) at the Museum of the Jewellery Quarter, 75-80 Vyse Street , Birmingham, B18 6HA.

9. The winners may be required to take part in publicity, however winners will be asked not to share information regarding the exhibition until after the announcement during Birmingham Heritage Week.

10. All prizes are non-transferable and there are no cash alternatives.

11. Events may occur that render the competition itself or the awarding of the prize impossible due to reasons beyond the control of the Promoters and accordingly the Promoters may at their absolute discretion vary or amend the promotion and the entrant agrees that no liability shall attach to the Promoters as a result thereof.

12. English law applies and the exclusive jurisdiction of the English Courts shall prevail. Promoters: Birmingham Museums Trust, Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, Chamberlain Square B3 3DH and IGersBirmingham