The popular UK, ‘24 Hours in Bristol’ photo competition returns in September with an exciting new Smartphone-only format.

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The popular UK ‘24 Hours in Bristol’ photo-marathon competition, which sees 10,000 photographs taken in a single day, returns at the end of September with an exciting new format – all entries must be taken on Smartphones or tablets only.

The annual competition to record a day in the life of the city is now in its fifth year and will take place over a 24 hour period from 1200 on Saturday 30th September to 1200 on Sunday 1st October.  Anyone with a smartphone or tablet can register to take part and compete for £5,000 of prizes.

In a unique twist on other photo competitions, entrants are randomly allocated a specific hour of the 24-hour event in which they must take at least one entry photo. This gives entrants a fun, added challenge and ensures full 24 hour coverage of Bristol at work, rest and play.

The ‘24 Hours in Bristol’ team has created the new smartphone-only format to reflect the rapid advancement in mobile phone camera technology. Professional photographers are increasingly using Smartphones and the covers of Elle and Condé Nast’s Traveler and Bon Appetit magazines, have recently featured iPhone images.

Over 80% of the British population now owns a smartphone, enabling nearly everyone to be a photographer.  Instagram has over 600 million users; more than two billion photographs are uploaded online every day and it is predicted that 1.2 trillion photos will be taken in 2017 alone.

The inclusive new smartphone format will enable anyone with a mobile phone camera to enter the ‘One Smart Day in One Smart City’ competition, without having to own expensive traditional camera equipment. The 24 hour ‘snap-athon’ is expected to encourage thousands of people of all ages from across Bristol, the South West and beyond to enter.  Smartphone enthusiasts from Bristol’s twinned cities of Oporto and Puerto Morazan have already registered their interest in taking part.

UWE Bristol is one of this year’s Gold event sponsors and will be promoting the competition to its 35,000 students and staff. Other sponsors include architects Stride Treglown architects, digital agency Element78, The Galleries shopping centre, Bristol Waste, The Trevor Osborne Property Group, Central Appointments, Fotospeed; Manfrotto, Joby and International House language school.

New prize categories for 2017 include ‘Nature and Wildlife, judged by BBC wildlife presenter Michaela Strachan; ‘Bristol at Work’, sponsored by Central Appointments, ‘Bristol Architecture’ sponsored by Stride Treglown; ‘Silhouettes’, sponsored by Sundial Something and ‘Recycle and Reuse’, sponsored by Bristol Waste.

A range of sponsorship opportunities is available from £300, including sponsoring an hour of the competition and naming your own prize category.

A new website, designed to handle the expected increase in entry photos, has been created by leading South West digital agency Element78, based at Paintworks.

The 24 hour photo-marathon event, during which all competition images must be taken, will take place over the last weekend of September, with the awards evening and exhibition of winning and highly commended images in early November.

Mike Porter, Managing Director of 24 Hours in Our City, said: “Our new inclusive Smartphone format will give all Bristolians the chance to record 24 hours in the life of this great city. Thousands of images of Bristol are taken every day, but remain trapped in people’s phones. We aim to set the creative heart of Bristol free!”

Online registration to enter the competition will open in early September via the event website at, however anyone interested in taking part is advised to register their interest as soon as possible, as entry numbers will be limited.

To encourage entrants to get the most out of their smartphones, the ’24 Hours in Bristol’ website features useful Smartphone photography tips and tutorials, and links to mobile phone camera equipment, including Olloclip smartphone lenses, Joby ‘GorillaPods’ , Manfrotto tripods and Smartphone editing apps.

This year’s judging panel includes Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol; Ali Vowles, BBC Points West & radio presenter; Martin Booth, Editor of Bristol24/7 magazine; Michaela Strachan, BBC wildlife presenter; Andy Butler, founder of Smartphone photography website Mobiography; Dr Shawn Sobers, Associate Professor of Lens Based Media at UWE Bristol; John Hirst, Chief Executive of Destination Bristol and Mark Tipping, award winning smartphone photographer. Chairman of the judging panel is Trevor Osborne, Chairman of the Trevor Osborne Property Group.

Judges will be looking for images that stand out from the crowd.  Smartphone photographer Mark Tipping suggests: “Look for the unusual in people, buildings, and everyday life.”

BBC presenter Ali Vowles said: “Whether presenting in the studios for the BBC or out with a cameraman and editing my own material – we have all had to adapt to changing technology.  I’m hoping that lots of people will be inspired to take part with images of Bristol that show community life right across this wonderful city – not just in the city centre.  Can you capture a bit of that Bristolian humour?  Show me a portrait of some of the cities characters – from the hipsters to the true locals?  I love this city and know there are some brilliant pictures to be taken.  Get snapping!”

With over £5,000 of prizes on offer, including an overall first prize of £2,000 – one of the world’s largest prizes for a mobile photo competition, the ’24 Hours in Bristol 2017’ competition is an ideal opportunity to put your smartphone and creative eye to the test. To register your entry or to sponsor a competition prize, visit for details.