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24 Hours in Bristol 2016 - the countdown begins

Published on Thursday, 7th April 2016

The popular '24 Hours in Bristol' photographic competition to record a day in the life of the city will be taking place from 12.00pm on Saturday 16th April to 12.00pm on Sunday 17th April and anyone with a camera or smartphone is invited to enter. 

The annual 24 hour photo-marathon event attracts hundreds of amateur and professional photographers from across the West Country, UK and Europe each year.  Over 10,000 images of Bristol are taken during the single competition day and approximately 1,000 are entered into the competition.

In an interesting twist on other photographic competitions, when '24 Hours in Bristol' photographers register online to enter the competition, they are randomly allocated a specific hour of the day or night in which they must take at least one photograph. This adds an additional fun challenge and results in full 24 hour coverage of Bristol at work, rest and play. 

The first '24 Hours in Bristol' competition was held in 2013 and the event has now generated thousands of images of Bristol taken at all hours of the day and night, creating what has been referred to as a "visual Doomsday Book' of the city.

Competition images have been featured on TV, in the press and on magazine covers, including nearly two million 'Visit Bristol' visitor and conference guides.  '24 Hours in Bristol 2016' is supported by Destination Bristol, Steak of the Art Restaurants, Bristol Energy, Bristol City Council, Fotospeed and law firm Veale Wasbrough Vizards.

Simon Heald, VWV Managing Partner, commenting on the firm's gold sponsorship of the event, said:  "We recently commissioned a display of '24 Hours in Bristol' photographs from 2013 and 2014 for our new Bristol office at Narrow Quay, which are constantly admired and discussed by clients, staff and visitors.  As VWV was founded in Bristol, we are proud to sponsor the '24 Hours in Bristol' competition, which not only encourages staff engagement with the community, but also showcases our historic City."

Mike Porter, Director of 24 Hours in Our City Ltd, organiser of the competition, said: “We are asking everyone with cameras, mobile phones and a sense of fun and adventure to photograph 24 hours in the life in this vibrant city", said  "This year is Bristol's 800th anniversary and we are keen to see images that reflect the diversity of the city and celebrate its unique personality."

New for 2016 will be the £1,000 Bristol Energy prize and the Fotospeed prize for best panoramic image.  James Robertson, Head of Marketing at Bristol Energy said: "We are looking for your best photos that represent the theme ‘Bristol - a city full of positive energy’, whether that’s our illuminated landmarks, eclectic creative scene, adventurous outdoor spaces, or making a difference in our communities, it’s your energy that makes Bristol what it is". 

There are over £6,000 of prizes on offer, including cash prizes, photographic studio time at Shutter and Flash; tutored photography walks from Bath Photo Tour, a top of the range tripod from Manfrotto and luxury camera case from Calumet.  Other prize sponsors include Kingfisher Press, Panasonic, Fujifilm and Digital Camera Magazine.

Photography HQ will open for the full 24 hours of the competition as a sanctuary for photographers to relax and recharge their batteries between photographic forays. Bristol companies are invited to donate prizes for the competition and to contact the organisers if they would like to offer a base or discounts for photographers over competition weekend. 

On the morning of the competition there will be a free workshop for entrants to pick up some last minute photography tips before the competition starts at 1200. The competition ends at midday on Sunday 17th April.  Entrants then have until midnight on Wednesday 20th April to upload their best photographs for judging.  This year's judging panel includes the Editor of Digital Camera magazine, Benedict Brain; Group Picture Editor of the Bristol Post, Simon Galloway; award winning photographer and UWE lecturer Amanda Harman; Chief Executive of Destination Bristol, John Hirst and the Director of 24 Hours in Our City Ltd, Mike Porter. 

The judges will choose their three favourite photographs taken in each of the 24 hours of the competition, plus three overall winners. Approximately 100 of the winning and highly commended photographs will be displayed at the Harbourside Arts Centre, off Millennium Square from Saturday 20th May.

John Hirst, Chief Executive of Destination Bristol, said: "I am delighted to be Chair of the competition judges this year and am very much looking forward to seeing the incredible variety of great new photographs of our city. We’re also really pleased that, as part of Bristol's 2016 Year of Learning, competition entrants will have the opportunity to attend free photography workshops to improve their skills using both mobile phones and cameras . I'm looking forward to attending the sessions myself as part of my plan to learn more during Bristol's Year of Learning.”

Budding David Baileys, professional photographers, students office teams and those who just love being out and about exploring Bristol are invited to enter next weekend's competition by pre-registering at