Manchester City Council

Protest Photography Competition and Evening Event at the People's History Museum

The People’s History Museum is delighted to announce details of its exciting Protest Photography Evening and young photographers’ competition.

Visitors are invited to explore the museum during a special late night opening to celebrate Museums at Night on Friday 18 May 2012.

The museum's story charts the history of protest in the UK over the past two centuries, from the Peterloo Massacre and the suffragettes to more recent strikes and demonstrations.

The museum houses an archive of over 70,000 photographic images, including hundreds of protests in the UK. Some of these photos will be displayed at this special evening event.

Young photographers under the age of 25 who are studying, living or working in Greater Manchester are invited to become part of the museum's story by submitting their own protest photography in our Protest Photography Competition.  Entrants must submit an analogue photograph under the theme of 'Protest' - it can be modern or past, peaceful or confrontational, creative or absurd. The only condition being it must be shot on film.

The People's History Museum are thrilled that Lomography Manchester will be partnering them for this event and have added the challenge that all work must be taken using analogue photography only, just like the fantastic photos in the museum's collection.  Lomography is an analogue camera company with a worldwide community dedicated to fun, creative and experimental shots. Their latest UK store opened in Manchester's Northern Quarter in 2011 and runs a series of workshops allowing people to get a better insight into their cameras.

The competition runs from now until Thursday 10 May at 5.00pm and the winners will be announced at the Protest Photography Evening on Friday 18 May, with prizes kindly donated by Lomography Manchester and special guests to be revealed.  All shortlisted entrants will have their work displayed at the museum.

More information about the Protest Photography Evening and full details on how to enter the competition are available at the People's History Museum website.