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Can you capture Portsmouth? Enter our creative competition and help celebrate Portsmouth’s vision for the future.

Enter your photo or poem

Portsmouth’s city vision sets out what kind of city we want to become over the next 20 years. With this competition we want to show how our ambitions for the future are already being realised. We’d like aspiring poets and enthusiastic photographers of all ages to take inspiration from the themes and values of the city vision – such as Portsmouth as a healthy and happy city, a green city or a city that celebrates equality, community or innovation – and bring them to life through striking images and imaginative writing. You can see all the themes and values on our vision page.

You can submit as many entries as you like via our online entry form and there is no age limit on entering. The winning entries will be selected by a panel of expert judges from across the city.

For photography entries the judges will include, professional photographer Paul Gonella from Strong Island Media and an official Royal Navy photographer. For entries to the poetry competition the judges will include; Amanda Garrie, writer, spoken word artist and Libraries and Archive poet in residence 2019; Maggie Sawkins, founder of Portsmouth poetry and music club, Tongues & Grooves; and Dr Alison Habens from the University of Portsmouth’s faculty of creative and cultural industries.

The winners will have their work showcased online and there will be a £75 shopping voucher for the winner of each individual category.  The judges will also select one overall winner for the photography competition who will receive a two hour photography lesson in Southsea with Paul Gonella from Strong Island Media. The overall winner of the poetry competition will receive a one-to-one workshop with Amanda Garrie, Portsmouth’s former poet in residence.

Enter your photo or poem

If you know someone who is not online but would like to enter, they can request a paper entry form to be sent out in the post by calling Portsmouth’s city helpdesk on 023 9261 6708.

Will you commit to help make the vision a reality?

We want as many organisations, businesses and voluntary groups as possible from across Portsmouth to help to make the vision a reality. You can send your commitment to the city vision along with your logo, website and an optional 30 second film about your commitment to:

Watch out for the Imagine Portsmouth awards coming next year – you could be a winner!

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