40th Anniversary Photograph Competition

The main focus of the Palmerston Forts Society is the fortifications that were built in the UK following the Royal Commission of 1859 but, for this competition, the scope will be any fortification in Britain, the British Empire and its possessions that was initiated between the beginning of Queen Victoria’s reign in 1837 and the commencement of WW1 in 1914.

So now is the time to unl eash your creativity and showcase your skills, whilst capturing all that makes Victorian fortifications so special.

The competition invites amateur photographers to submit photographs in one or more of the following categories:

People:  Photographs capturing the interaction of people and forts or batteries. This could capture the spirit of events and activities such a reenactment but equally could capture normal public visits and community events or involvement or the people behind working behind the scenes and the work they do.

Ruins, Restoration or Repurposing:  Some fortifications have fallen into disrepair while others have been restored or found new uses. We invite you to submit images that capture the spirit of these different stages.

Favourite Feature:  Whether you crave a caponier or relish a redoubt this is your chance to show one off or capture a favourite detail of a fortification.

Shared History:  Did you photograph a fort before demolition or restoration, or do you have an old photo of a work party restoring a battery? This category is a chance to dig out your old photograph collections.

This sort of competition is more fun when there are prizes to be had.  The winner of each category will win a year’s subscription to the Palmerston Forts Society and the winner of Best Overall Photograph will win a two year subscription.

In addition, the winners will have their work reproduced in the Societies’ Journal the Redan and other publications, social media etc.

There are (inevitably) some rules and you will find them, together with an application form here:

PFS 2024 Photo Competition - Entry Form.pdf

PFS 2024 Photo Competition - T & C.pdf


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