2012 02 24 Renaissance Photography Prize 2012

The Competition


Renaissance was founded in 2006 by Fiona Gifford, a 38-year-old lawyer and keen amateur photographer who was diagnosed with breast cancer aged 34. Having personally benefited from the care and support offered to breast cancer sufferers by the Lavender Trust at Breast Cancer Care, she wanted to give something back.

“During my recovery period, day-to-day concerns became irrelevant, and I became more aware of the moments that really matter in life - moments of emotion, human connection, and wonder at the beauty of nature. What better way to represent those moments than through photography?

In the four years since its inception, Renaissance has raised over £150,000 for the Lavender Trust at Breast Cancer Care.

A word from our founder

The Renaissance Photography Prize is an international photography competition which raises money to support younger women with breast cancer. I founded the competition in 2007 when I was myself diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 34 and am delighted that, four years on, it has become an established fixture in the photography world.

By entering, you get the chance to have your work judged by some of the top names in photography, be exhibited in the prestigious Mall Galleries in the heart of London and win over £8,000 (id="mce_marker"2,000) worth of prizes.

But you'll also be donating to breast cancer as all of your entry fee is donated to the Lavender Trust at Breast Cancer Care. Renaissance is run entirely by volunteers. Every penny goes to charity. Everyone gives their time and expertise for free which has allowed us to raise over £150,000 so far.

2012 02 24 Renaissance Photography Prize 2012


There are five categories for which you can make submissions. These are - Environment - Expression - Memory - Perspective - Disorientation. Further guidance is given on the competition website

Exhibition & Prize Giving

100 selected images will be exhibited in a one week public exhibition (11 - 16 June 2012) at the prestigious Mall Galleries in the heart of London.

Of these 4 images in each of the five categories (Environment – Expression – Memory – Perspective – Disorientation) will be shortlisted for a prize. All the shortlisted photographers will receive a double ticket to the celebrity private view and awards ceremony at which the following prizes will be awarded:

Renaissance Prize 2012

The overall Renaissance Prize 2012 winner will win:

£3,000 (approx. $4,800)

Category Prizes

£500 for the winner in each of the 5 categories: Environment – Expression – Memory – Perspective - Disorientation.

Calumet prize for Best Film Entry

The jury will select the best film entry. The winner of this prize will be awarded camera equipment worth £1,000.

Certificate for Shortlist

100 images selected for the exhibition: photographers will receive a certificate signed by the judges.


Monica Allende - picture editor of The Sunday Times magazine

Mary McCartney - portrait and fashion photographer

Brett Rogers - director of The Photographers' Gallery

Michael Hoppen - photographer and owner of Michael Hoppen Gallery, London

Brigitte Lardinois - curator, associate director of the Photography & Archive Research Centre, University of the Arts London

The competition closes on 24 February 2012 and for further information and entry details please visit the competition website.

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