Beyond the Frame photography competition 2019

Beyond the Frame photography competition 2019

The search for Britain’s best young photographic talent is under way with the opening of the 2019 Norwich University of the Arts Beyond the Frame Competition.

This competition is now closed. Join us on 12-13 April for the exhibition of works in East GalleryNUA.

Beyond the Frame

As featured on BBC Look East news, NUA’s Beyond the Frame competition was first launched in 2017 to encourage young photographers aged 15-18 to develop their craft and showcase their talent. In its debut year, the competition attracted more than 170 entries: from the Channel Islands to Cumbria.

The overall winner, Gaia Giardinelli, an A-Level student from King’s Ely, won more than £1,000 worth of camera equipment from Canon. 

The 2019 theme          

The 2019 competition invites entries on the broad theme of “The Nature of Beauty”:  offering opportunities from portraiture, to fashion, to social commentary and environmental images. Entrants must be in full-time secondary or further education and aged from 15 to 18 by the time entries close on 15 February 2019.

The awards exhibition

Thirty-six finalists were invited to last year’s awards day and exhibition at NUA. The finalists were offered workshops and talks from the judges before the winner and runners-up were revealed. All of the finalists’ work was printed and exhibited.

The 2019 exhibition will open to the public on Friday 12 April and Saturday 13 April. Prizes include £1,000 Canon camera equipment.

2019 Beyond the Frame competition


  • 15 February 2019 – deadline for entries
  • 15 March 2019 – finalists notified
  • 11 April 2019 – awards day
  • 12-13 April 2019 – exhibition opens to the public

Application process/permissions

Entrants will submit images online through As part of the entry process, entrants will be asked to download and complete a parental permission form to secure consent for media filming.


Dean Chalkley

Celebrated music, fashion and film photographer.

Lottie Davies

Bafta nominee, Taylor Wessing/National Portrait Gallery Award winner.

James Smith

Course Leader, Photography, at Norwich University of the Arts.

Kerry Curl

British Journal of Photography Portrait of Britain Winner 2017. Fashion photographer and NUA graduate.

Frankie Jim

Pro-Imaging Senior Specialist. Canon Professional Services, Canon (UK).

Mike Liggins

Senior broadcast journalist who has been a reporter and newsreader with BBC Look East since 1987.

"The variety of images were received last year was truly stunning. No two entries looked the same; each one reflected the entrants’ unique take on the world. We were also delighted that a number of last year’s entrants decided to pursue photography further at university. This year’s competition brief – the nature of beauty – is open to broad interpretation, so it’s real test of entrants’ creativity."

James Smith, Course Leader, BA Photography

Dean Chalkley, In Between

Dean Chalkley, In Between