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17 June 2024

Unfortunately, due to the ill-health of our founder LJ Ross, the Northern Photography Prize (NPP) will no longer be taking place in 2024.

We appreciate this will be disappointing news for many, and we express our sincerest apologies to those of you who have already submitted entries, and to those of you who were planning to enter ahead of the 30 June deadline.

At this stage we don’t know when the Prize will re-open, but if you would like to be added to the NPP mailing list to receive further updates please email


The Northern Photography Prize was founded by me four years ago to celebrate the spirit and heart of my home region, and to promote creative endeavour. It is with great sadness that I have not been able to participate in the running of the Prize this year, nor to give it the attention it deserves – this is due to a long running illness that has and will require recovery. I have therefore taken the decision to roll over the prize for another year – all entries will be counted for next year’s prize (if the entrant wishes) and I look forward to celebrating with you then.

Thank you for your understanding, and best wishes to all.

LJ x 

31 January 2024

The Northern Photography Prize 2024 is now open for entries!


The Northern Photography Prize comprises of two amateur photography awards recognising photographs that capture the spirit (landscape) and heart (people and portraits) of the North East of England, founded and sponsored by the author L J Ross through her publishing imprint, Dark Skies Publishing. The awards are open to all amateur photographers from the United Kingdom whose work celebrates the North East of England. To be considered, entrants may submit one photograph to each of the landscape and portrait awards and must not be employed as a professional photographer.

Each award carries a cash prize of £1000, and will be judged by a panel including LJ Ross, the editor of Living North magazine Janet Blair, Cultured North East’s David Whetstone and North East-based professional photographers Joe Taylor and Donna-Lisa Healy.

The winning images for each category will each earn a £1,000 cash prize, as well as appearing in a Living North magazine spread on the prize.  All those shortlisted will appear in a gallery exhibition at the prestigious Biscuit Factory in Newcastle upon Tyne (Sat 14 Sep – Sun 13 October).

Entries are open from midnight on 31st January 2024 and will close at 11:59pm on 30th June 2024. The winner will be announced in the Autumn of 2024. Please read all conditions of entry carefully to ensure your submission is accepted.

The Northern Photography Prize offers financial support to amateur photographers but, more importantly, helps to build and maintain confidence for new and emerging photographers.


Banner Image: Photograph by Jane Curtis – ‘Dan as Peter Pan’, Shortlisted for  The Northern Photograpy Prize 2023.

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