Please note: The deadline for Flow Photo has been extended to 10 December 2018, 5pm. 

Flow Photo is a new national photographic competition which is now open for entries.  The Canal & River Trust and Future Water Association invite both amateur and professional photographers from across the UK to submit their images on the theme of water.

The project aims to raise awareness and encourage debate about water in all aspects as seen through the photographer and film-maker’s lens. Both the call for entries and exhibition phase will celebrate the enjoyment that people gain from being near water, and will promote the therapeutic effects that water, canals and rivers can have.

Flow Photo will celebrate the best in contemporary photography and film-making, and will do so in a contemporary and inspiring way.

Flow Photo will be accompanied by a dynamic and educational events programme.

For inspiration, visit the The Canal & River Trust’s maps in Downloads & Links.


Flow Photo is open to all professional and amateur photographers of any age born or resident in the UK. Photographs must be of subjects within the UK.  Before entering, please read the Rules and Guidelines.


Entrants are invited to submit up to 4 still photographs or films of no longer than 1 minute duration.  All entrants must ensure that the quality of their entries meets the competition’s criteria as stated in the Rules and Guidelines.  Deadline for entry is Monday 10 December 2018, 5pm.  Entry is £5 per image.


A panel of selectors from the fields of photography, film, environment and water industries will choose approximately 60 works for a touring exhibition.


Dame Jenny Abramsky

Jonathan Watkins

Ralph Hodgson


Sixty of the photographs will be selected and shown in an exhibition and tour throughout the UK in 2019.  In addition one photographer will be awarded a residency prize of £6,000 for a six month residency working at Canal & River Trust sites. Please note that entrants over the age of 18 only will be eligible for the residency prize.  See FAQs for further details.


10 December 2018 (5pm)Deadline for online entries
25 January 2019Photographers notified of results
Late January 2019High resolution images submitted to organisers
30 March - 30 May 2019 National Waterways Museum, Ellesmere Port, Liverpool
6 June - 13 July 2019National Waterways Museum Gloucester

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