Photography competition: A celebration of life

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The Independent on Sunday and First Direct, the UK's premier 24- hour direct bank, are offering one of Europe's most generous prizes for a photography competition. To mark the end of the millennium (and the10th anniversary of First Direct), the theme this year is `Celebration'. All pictures entered for the main prizes should be in black and white, and entrants are invited to interpret the theme as freely as they like.

There are prizes of pounds 5,000 each for the best amateur and the best professional photographs, as well as a paid photographic assignment with the Independent on Sunday for the winner in each category. We will award a personal computer for the best picture, in colour or black and white, to be submitted by an entrant under 18. There are second and third prizes in all categories, and the winners of these as well as a total of 50 runners-up will have their work displayed in a special exhibition this summer

Prints (size 10in x 8in minimum and 16in x 12in maximum) must be received by 31 May 1999. Judging will take place in June 1999, and the winners will be announced at a ceremony, and in the Independent on Sunday Review, in July. Photographs must have been taken in 1998 or 1999, must be black and white (except for the under-18 category), and entry is restricted to UK residents, although pictures may have been taken anywhere in the world. Only one print per entry is permitted. Please label clearly on the back of the photo whether the picture is entered for the amateur, professional or under-18 category.

The competition will be judged by, from the Independent on Sunday, Susan Glen, Deputy Picture Editor of the Sunday Review, award-winning photographer David Rose, and Kate Summerscale, Editor of the Sunday Review. The other judges are Peter Simpson, Commercial Director of First Direct, and Chris Simpson, the winner of last year's Independent on Sunday/First Direct award. Please send your entry to: Independent on Sunday/ First Direct Black and White Photographic Award, Band and Brown Communications Limited, 5 Jamestown Road, London NW1 7DB. Under-18s should follow the same guidelines as above, but photographs can be any size and entries can be in colour.

Write your name, the category you are entering, age if under 18, address and a telephone number where you can be contacted on the reverse of your photograph in indelible ink. Please also indicate which category you are entering on the reverse of the envelope. If you want your photograph to be returned, please include a SAE and proper packaging. The Independent on Sunday and First Direct cannot accept any responsibility for material damaged in the post.

CATEGORIES AND PRIZES

AMATEUR

1st prize pounds 5,000 plus a paid photographic assignment with the Independent on Sunday

2nd prize pounds 1,500

3rd prize pounds 500

Twenty runners-up will have their work displayed along with the three winners in a special exhibition PROFESSIONAL

1st prize pounds 5,000 plus a paid photographic assignment with the Independent on Sunday

2nd prize pounds 1,500

3rd prize pounds 500

Twenty runners-up will have their work displayed along with the three winners in a special exhibition

UNDER-18s

1st prize a PC

2nd prize a camera

3rd prize pounds 50

Ten runners-up will have their work displayed along with the three winners in a special exhibition

The Independent on Sunday and First Direct reserves the right to use any photographs for promotional purposes in connection with the competition. The competition is not open to employees, families of employees or agents of Independent Newspapers, members of the HSBC Group or their agents. A list of winners will be available from Band and Brown Communications from 19 July 1999. The above constitutes the terms and conditions of the competition

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