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Exhibition displaying historic London street scenes calls for entries

 18th Jan 2011

london-street-photo-competitionNeed to brush up your photo skills? Then take a look at our Photography Videos because a new exhibition being arranged by the Museum of London is calling amateur photographers across the country to send in their photographs.

London Street Photography will showcase a wide range of photos of life in London since 1860, covering everything from market scenes to soldiers, laundry drying on a washing line and children playing in the street.

Famous pictures by well-known names in the photography world, including Roger Mayne, John Thomson and Henry Grant will also feature. Busy street scenes will be displayed in images taken by Valentine Blanchard, who used a stereoscopic camera in the 1860s.

Amateur photographers are being called upon to submit their best street images showing life in the capital. The top five shots, which should all aim to reveal an element of chance ­ such as a brief encounter or a spontaneous moment ­ will be displayed at the exhibition and the picture deemed to be the best will win an iPad.

Senior curator of photographs at the Museum of London, Mike Seaborne, said, "It will provide an interesting insight into how London street photography has developed since 1860.

"Each photographer has, in their own way, captured something of the character of this amazing city," he added.

London Street Photography runs from 18 February until 4 September and entry is free. Entries must be received by midnight on 18 February to www.flickr.com/groups/londonstreetphotographymetro/