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Photo competition 2019

We’re looking for a powerful, intriguing or educational photograph to be hung at the union’s head office demonstrating what working in the modern fire and rescue service is all about.

Our sponsors College Hill have kindly offered a first prize of £500 for the winner and two runners up prizes of £100.

So if it’s a dramatic picture of firefighters in action, or control operators dispatching engines, or staff on downtime, working in the community, undertaking training, returning from a shout, why not submit your photo and see if you could win.


The 2019 FBU photo contest closes on 30 July 2019. By submitting an entry, each entrant agrees to the official rules (see below).


The competition is open only to individuals who are current FBU members.


You can either enter online or by post.

Include your full name, address, membership number, contact telephone number and email address. Clearly mark your entry Photo Competition and include a short description of your picture, detailing where it was taken and the story behind the photo.

Digital images must have a minimum size of 3,000 pixels on their longest edge.

Physical prints or slides must be of sufficient quality and resolution to be printed at large size. Original negatives for prints must be available.

Email[email protected] with “FBU photo comp” as the subject line.

Post: FBU Head Office, Bradley House, 68 Coombe Road, Kingston-upon-Thames KT2 7AE.


The winner will receive £500.

Two runners up will receive £100.


The judging panel will be made up of Matt Wrack, FBU general secretary, a representative from our sponsors College Hill Press, Anna Zych from the FBU communications team as well as editor and designer Alan Slingsby and a guest photojournalist.


1. This competition is only open to FBU members whose membership fees are up to date. 2. All entries must be the original work of the entrant and must not infringe on the rights of any other party. 3. Each image entered must be the work of the individual submitting it and must not have been published elsewhere nor have won a prize in any other photographic competition. 4. It is the responsibility of each entrant to ensure that any image they submit has been taken with the permission of all people recognisable in it and that the image does not infringe the copyright of any third party or any laws. 5. Copyright in all images submitted will remain with the entrant. But each entrant grants a worldwide, irrevocable, perpetual licence to the Fire Brigades Union to feature any or all of the submitted images in any of its publications, websites and/or in any other material published by the union. 6. There is no limit on the number of entries per person. 7. Entries will be considered from fire service photographers. 8. The competition closes 30 July 2019. 9. We cannot guarantee entries can be returned. 10. The decision of the judges will be final and no correspondence will be entered into. 11. Entrants must warrant that they took photograph they submit and that they own its copyright. 12. Submission of an entry will be taken as acceptance of the rules of the competition. 

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