Barbican Centre Launches 30th Birthday Photography Competition
Barbican Centre, London, UK
Competition runs until: Sun 17 June 2012
Barbican Centre has launched a new Instagram competition to find the photograph that best captures the essence of the iconic Barbican Estate. The contest celebrates
the Barbican Centre’s 30th birthday year.

Participants are asked to capture the essence of the Barbican, and are also invited to upload their photographic interpretations of different themes. These will be set weekly by the Barbican every Monday and communicated via Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and the Barbican’s Statigram competition page. The competition closes on midnight Sunday 17 June 2012. All entries should be taken using the free smartphone application Instagram.

To help inspire entrants, the Barbican is offering the opportunity to take its popular Architecture Tour and Hidden Tour for free. The first free Architecture Tour will take place on Saturday 26 May 2012. Additional tour dates will be announced via Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and the Barbican’s Statigram competition page. There are 20 places on each tour and photographers can book their place by sending a message over Statigram or Flickrmail. This 90-minute walking tour reveals the history of the site and the plans behind the original design. Special breaks for photography included.

An expert panel led by Kate Bush, Head of Barbican Art Galleries and former judge on BBC’s School of Saatchi , will decide the final winning entry. Weekly winners will also be selected by the Barbican. Photographs will be judged on three principal criteria: subject, composition, and originality. The first theme is Lines .

  • 1st place winner will have their winning shot featured in the Barbican’s September Guide, which is distributed around the Centre, the Barbican website and social networks. They will also receive two tickets to the private view of Barbican Art Gallery’s forthcoming major exhibition everything was moving: photography from the 60s and 70s (13 Sept 2012 – 20 Jan 2013) as well as an exhibition catalogue.
  • Every week from Monday 21 May – Sunday 17 June 2012, the best entry for that week’s theme will receive a pair of Barbican cinema tickets to a film of their choice (subject to availability).
  • To enter the contest, participants must submit an Instagram photo of the Barbican Estate taken between Monday 21 May and Sunday 17 June 2012
  • Submitted photos must be the photographer’s original work
  • How to enter:
  1. Follow @barbicancentre on Instagram
  2. Submit a photo of the Barbican Estate that you feel captures the essence of the Centre or Estate. Tag @barbicancentre and #barbican30
  3. Use the caption to describe what the photo is and explain why you feel it sums up the Barbican
  • Photographers can submit an entry a week for the weekly challenge (using the additional hashtag for the theme), and one entry for the main competition.
  • Entries will be judged by a panel led by Kate Bush, Head of Barbican Art Galleries and will be based on subject, composition, and originality.
  • The judges will select the top photo by Friday 22 June.
  • Winners will be notified via the Barbican Centre’s Statigram page (, Twitter (@BarbicanCentre) and Facebook (

Notes to Editors

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About the Barbican

A world-class arts and learning organisation, the Barbican pushes the boundaries of all major art forms including dance, film, music, theatre and visual arts. Our creative learning programme further underpins everything we do. In 2012 we celebrate the Olympic year with many of our projects forming part of the Cultural Olympiad and
London 2012 Festival – it is also our 30th birthday year. Over 1.5 million people pass through our doors each year, hundreds of artists and performers are featured, and more than 300 staff work onsite. Our architecturally renowned centre opened in 1982 and comprises the Barbican Hall, Barbican Theatre, the Pit theatre, a cinema (with two new cinemas to open in September), the Barbican Art Gallery, a second gallery The Curve, foyers and public spaces, a library, Lakeside Terrace, a glasshouse conservatory, conference facilities and three restaurants.
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