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Great Exposure

Photography Competition

Get your work seen by the world

Fancy having your image seen by tens of millions of people every year at Heathrow Airport?

Then get snapping and enter our competition. 


The Great Exposure Photography Competition is a celebration of how beautifully diverse, vibrant and innovative the UK is. A unique opportunity for you to take a pic that perfectly captures the true spirit of the UK from your own personal perspective, and inspires others to see things differently. 


To enter all you have to do is submit an original photo under one of the following themes: 


What does modern love in the UK look like to you?


Everyone unwinds in different ways. Can you capture someone

enjoying life in the UK?


The UK is full of extraordinary

places and spaces, big and small. Where would you choose to share with the world?


The UK is an amazing melting pot of cultures from around the world. How is this celebrated
across the country?


Ye Olde Great Britain & Northern Ireland is so yesterday.
What does the future
look like to you?

Then if your work is chosen by our distinguished judging panel of industry experts, including Mariama Attah of Open Eye Gallery and photographers Simon Roberts and Alistair Morrison, it’ll go on display in our gallery at Heathrow - a range of large, prominent sites around the airport which will be there for at least a year.
You’ll also receive a £500 licence fee.

The Great Exposure Photography Competition has now closed. Submissions posted after Sunday 31st October (23:59) will not be counted. Thank you to everyone who entered, the quality has been outstanding.

The judges will now select 40 winning entries, and successful entrants will be contacted in mid-November.

Terms & Conditions can be found here.

For any queries about the competition, please contact



Mariama Attah

Mariama is a photography curator, writer and lecturer with a particular interest in overlooked visual histories, and understanding how photography and visual culture can be used to amplify underrepresented voices. Mariama is curator of Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool. She was previously Assistant Editor of Foam Magazine.

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Simon Roberts

Simon is a visual artist based in Brighton, UK, and is widely recognised for his large-format, tableaux photographs of the British landscape. He has published and exhibited widely and his photographs reside in major public collections including the Victoria & Albert Museum. He is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society.

Image: © Sandra Mickiewicz


Alistair Morrison

Alistair is one of the few living British photographers whose work is included in the Primary Collection of the National Portrait Gallery, with over eighty portraits in the National Collection. He has taken portraits of famous Brits over five decades, most recently creating a series of Legacy photographs.

Image: © Erin Mountford


Emma Gilthorpe

Emma is Chief Operating Officer of Heathrow Airport, CEO of the Jet Zero Council, and a qualified barrister. She has spent the last year ensuring Heathrow Airport maintains vital international connectivity for passengers and cargo, whilst grappling with the impacts of COVID-19.

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