Regent's 200 Photo Competition

Information and rules

Regent's 200

Enter our Regent's 200 Photographic Competition and help us create an archive collection of photographs of the canal in its 200th year for the benefit of future generations. It is free to enter and there are cash prizes to be won. The best and other selected pictures will be exhibited in the museum and/or online. You can enter up to three pictures.


The Canal in 2020

The photographic competition aims to create an archive of pictures that will be held in the museum's archive for posterity, picturing all parts of The Regent's Canal, opened throughout on 1st August 1820. Competition entries are invited from the public. There is a first prize of 300 and two runner-up prizes of 75

Your pictures can be of any aspect of the canal but should be of the canal itself. Pictures of boats are fine if they depict the physical canal infrastructure as well, but if you take a picture of a boat that could have been taken on another canal, that picture isn't going to win. Similarly pictures of canal wildlife that might have been very similar on another canal won't have much chance of winning. So we are looking for pictures of the canal infrastructure from Limehouse to Little Venice and everywhere in between. They can be quirky, artistic, taken in sunshine or rain, day or night, close-up or not. They can show beauty or ugliness, heritage or modernity, famous features or little things. All pictures must have been taken by the entrant in 2020.

Photos are a contribution to the museum archive - you should only enter if you are prepared to give the rights to them to the museum for the public long-term benefit

Arched bridge over canal,  willow tree overhanging it.

Questions? You can e-mail info@canalmuseum.org.uk if you have any questions.

Closing date and rules

The closing date is 31st October 2020. You must send your entries by 2359 on that day. The competition rules are on this page.

How to Enter

Entries may be sent to info@canalmuseum.org.uk or you can upload them on a special upload page. You will need to give us your name and postal address, and an e-mail address. Important! Please make sure that the file name starts with YOUR name so that we can easily identify whose picture it is.

Competition Rules

As for any competition, there have to be a few rules. These are the rules that apply to your participation in the competition. By submitting your entry you agree to these rules. If you do not agree, please do not enter the competition.

1. The promoter of the competition is The Canal Museum Trust. The Canal Museum Trust is a registered charity, number 277484, and is the organisation that runs the London Canal Museum. The competition is not sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook or any social media provider.

2. This competition is open to all United Kingdom residents aged 18 or over, except those who at any time between 1st August and 31st October 2020 (inclusive) are employees or volunteers at the London Canal Museum, their families or those otherwise associated with organising this competition.

3. This is a competition of skill not a ramdom prize draw. We will choose three entries to win the prizes. We will use our best endeavours to choose the most meritorious entries. The judges will be appointed by the Canal Museum Trust and their decision is final.

4. Your entry will not be considered if it is late, or not in our opinion a picture of The Regent's Canal. Entries that we consider not to be serious entries will be deleted. Pictures of the basins along the canal including Limehouse Basin, are eligible, but the pool of Little Venice is considered part of the former Grand Junction Canal so pictures of that are not eligible.

5. The prizes are cash and will be paid to a UK bank account only.

6. Your entry must be your own work and must be a digital photograph. JPG format is preferred but other common formats may be accepted at our discretion. The size of the picture should be between 2Mb and 12Mb

7. By entering the competition you agree to grant the Canal Museum Trust and any successor charity managing the London Canal Museum a permanent licence to hold the picture in its archive and make use of it for any purpose whatsoever, including for commercfial purposes, and you agree that full copyright in the picture will pass to the Canal Museum Trust or any successor on 1st August 2040. If you do not wish to grant these rights please do not submit your entry.

8. Winners will be notified via email. If you do not reply within a week we will award the prize to someone else.

9. Any personal information and contact details you supply will be used only for the purposes of administering the competition and for identification of the photographer in our archive records.

10. You do not need to buy anything, pay any fee, or even to follow the London Canal Museum on any social media, although we would be pleased if you did. You are welcome to post your entries on any social media with a reference to @canalmuseum and the hashtag #rc200photo

11. Winners will be named publicly. If you wish to remain anonymous you may supply a name by which you wish to be identified in publicity that must be realistic (i.e. not Micky Mouse or similar) but need not be your real name. We must be told your real name. We will quote your social media profile identities in publicity unless you specifically ask us not to.

12. The Promoter reserves the right to cancel this competition or alter any of the rules at any stage, if deemed necessary in its opinion and if circumstances arise outside of its control. For example the imposition of significant restrictions by local or national government arising from coronavirus could make it unfair on some entrants to continue.

13.You may not enter more than three pictures. If you are found to have entered more than three pictures by using different email addresses you will be disqualified.

14.All pictures must have been taken by the entrant.

15. Entries will be disqualified if they:

16. The competition is subject to the laws of England and Wales

Note. We refer to successor bodies in these conditions. That's because it is our intention to convert the present charity into a Charity Incorporated Organisation, which will supercede the present Canal Museum Trust charity. The rights will pass to the CIO when it is set up.