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LOCKDOWN SPECIAL: St Albans Film Festival competition

 Published on: 17th June 2020   |   By: Lizzie Ellis   |   Category: Uncategorized

St Albans Film Festival is hosting a special 24 in 24 lockdown photography competition this Saturday (20 June).

Participants will have 24 hours to submit 24 photographs from a list supplied online by organisers at 11am on 20 June.

Those involved will have until 11am the following day (Sunday 21 June) to shoot the pictures and submit their images.

This is the third instalment of the festivals 24 in 24 competition, but this year the list has been adapted to ensure all photos can be taken within the house or at a social distance.

Matt Bigg, Director of St Albans Film Festival said: “You don’t need to be a photographer to enter, it’s all about having fun. If you have access to a smartphone you can take part, you don’t need anything fancy. We are looking for images that sum up the city.”

The event is free and open to all ages and levels of experience, and photos must be uploaded digitally before 11am on Sunday 21 June.

The entries will be judged by local St Albans photographer Mark Simms.

Prizes will be awarded for the best photo, the best photo taken by an under 14 and the best set of 24 photos.

The previous winning photographs of a market stall and market trader were printed and framed in St Albans Museum and Gallery.

St Albans Film Festival has been a staple in the city’s arts calendar for the last six years, now organisers are looking at ways to run events safely in 2020.

This will include the screening of a short film competition in July which will be available to view online.

Festival Director Matt Bigg said: “Last year we ran over 50 events across the year, to run these kinds of events we need venues to be open. We want to make sure things are done right and safely and at the moment we can’t do that. The festival may return in September, run a Christmas special or we may delay until July next year.”

To register for a place in the 24 in 24 lockdown special competition visit

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