Faith Through a Lens competition: the pick of the entries so far

By MSN UK News. Lawrence McHugh
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Faith, Hope and Love

The Faith Through a Lens photo competition, which is supported by MSN, celebrates amateur photographers who capture the essence of faith and the community – and has thousands of pounds worth of prizes.

There's still time to enter – the closing date is midnight on 14 October 2013. Just send in a picture that you think represents faith or community, such as the above from Lawrence McHugh – one of our 10 favourite entries so far.

Click or swipe through the gallery to see more of the pick of this year's entries

One winner, along with two highly commended entries will be announced at an exclusive awards ceremony held at MSN's offices in central London on 20 November.

Ten shortlisted finalists will be invited to the event and each will receive a prize bag of photography goods worth £250.

The overall winner and two highly commended entries will also receive £1,000 and £850 worth of personal prizes respectively. A Nokia 920 Lumina mobile phone will also be one of the prizes.

The three winning entrants will nominate a charity, faith or community group to receive £1,000 worth of audio-visual or photography equipment of their choice.

The judging panel will be led by the renowned photojournalist Don McCullin. MSN's picture manager Matthew Yelland will also be a judge.

The competition's continuing relationship with Inter Faith Network and Churches Together in England continues as Paresh Solanki and the Rev Dr David Cornick retain their judging places.

Entries from amateur photographers over the age of 16 will be assessed on a variety of criteria, including visual impact, composition and emotional connection.

Margaret Slater, marketing manager at Congregational & General Insurance, said: “In launching the 2013 Faith Through a Lens competition we want to encourage people to capture what ‘faith’ means to them. We have had some interesting interpretations in previous years and I’m really looking forward to seeing what this year holds.

“The competition continually evolves and we are keen to attract new audiences. Faith in the UK plays an important role in many people’s lives and we hope to capture the diversity of this via Faith Through a Lens.”

Nasira Kasmani
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Serenity in Al Aqsa

One winner, along with two highly commended entries will be announced at an exclusive awards ceremony held at MSN's offices in central London on 20 November.

Ten shortlisted finalists will be invited to the event and each will receive a prize bag of photography goods worth £250.

The overall winner and two highly commended entries will also receive £1,000 and £850 worth of personal prizes respectively. A Nokia 920 Lumina mobile phone will also be one of the prizes.

The three winning entrants will nominate a charity, faith or community group to receive £1,000 worth of audio-visual or photography equipment of their choice.

The judging panel will be led by the renowned photojournalist Don McCullin. MSN's picture manager Matthew Yelland will also be a judge.

The competition's continuing relationship with Inter Faith Network and Churches Together in England continues as Paresh Solanki and the Rev Dr David Cornick retain their judging places.

Entries from amateur photographers over the age of 16 will be assessed on a variety of criteria, including visual impact, composition and emotional connection.

Margaret Slater, marketing manager at Congregational & General Insurance, said: “In launching the 2013 Faith Through a Lens competition we want to encourage people to capture what ‘faith’ means to them. We have had some interesting interpretations in previous years and I’m really looking forward to seeing what this year holds.

“The competition continually evolves and we are keen to attract new audiences. Faith in the UK plays an important role in many people’s lives and we hope to capture the diversity of this via Faith Through a Lens.”

Georgia Donkin
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Joan

One winner, along with two highly commended entries will be announced at an exclusive awards ceremony held at MSN's offices in central London on 20 November.

Ten shortlisted finalists will be invited to the event and each will receive a prize bag of photography goods worth £250.

The overall winner and two highly commended entries will also receive £1,000 and £850 worth of personal prizes respectively. A Nokia 920 Lumina mobile phone will also be one of the prizes.

The three winning entrants will nominate a charity, faith or community group to receive £1,000 worth of audio-visual or photography equipment of their choice.

The judging panel will be led by the renowned photojournalist Don McCullin. MSN's picture manager Matthew Yelland will also be a judge.

The competition's continuing relationship with Inter Faith Network and Churches Together in England continues as Paresh Solanki and the Rev Dr David Cornick retain their judging places.

Entries from amateur photographers over the age of 16 will be assessed on a variety of criteria, including visual impact, composition and emotional connection.

Margaret Slater, marketing manager at Congregational & General Insurance, said: “In launching the 2013 Faith Through a Lens competition we want to encourage people to capture what ‘faith’ means to them. We have had some interesting interpretations in previous years and I’m really looking forward to seeing what this year holds.

“The competition continually evolves and we are keen to attract new audiences. Faith in the UK plays an important role in many people’s lives and we hope to capture the diversity of this via Faith Through a Lens.”

Sarah Shenker
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Guarani Elder

One winner, along with two highly commended entries will be announced at an exclusive awards ceremony held at MSN's offices in central London on 20 November.

Ten shortlisted finalists will be invited to the event and each will receive a prize bag of photography goods worth £250.

The overall winner and two highly commended entries will also receive £1,000 and £850 worth of personal prizes respectively. A Nokia 920 Lumina mobile phone will also be one of the prizes.

The three winning entrants will nominate a charity, faith or community group to receive £1,000 worth of audio-visual or photography equipment of their choice.

The judging panel will be led by the renowned photojournalist Don McCullin. MSN's picture manager Matthew Yelland will also be a judge.

The competition's continuing relationship with Inter Faith Network and Churches Together in England continues as Paresh Solanki and the Rev Dr David Cornick retain their judging places.

Entries from amateur photographers over the age of 16 will be assessed on a variety of criteria, including visual impact, composition and emotional connection.

Margaret Slater, marketing manager at Congregational & General Insurance, said: “In launching the 2013 Faith Through a Lens competition we want to encourage people to capture what ‘faith’ means to them. We have had some interesting interpretations in previous years and I’m really looking forward to seeing what this year holds.

“The competition continually evolves and we are keen to attract new audiences. Faith in the UK plays an important role in many people’s lives and we hope to capture the diversity of this via Faith Through a Lens.”

Alan Blackburn
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The Salvation Army

One winner, along with two highly commended entries will be announced at an exclusive awards ceremony held at MSN's offices in central London on 20 November.

Ten shortlisted finalists will be invited to the event and each will receive a prize bag of photography goods worth £250.

The overall winner and two highly commended entries will also receive £1,000 and £850 worth of personal prizes respectively. A Nokia 920 Lumina mobile phone will also be one of the prizes.

The three winning entrants will nominate a charity, faith or community group to receive £1,000 worth of audio-visual or photography equipment of their choice.

The judging panel will be led by the renowned photojournalist Don McCullin. MSN's picture manager Matthew Yelland will also be a judge.

The competition's continuing relationship with Inter Faith Network and Churches Together in England continues as Paresh Solanki and the Rev Dr David Cornick retain their judging places.

Entries from amateur photographers over the age of 16 will be assessed on a variety of criteria, including visual impact, composition and emotional connection.

Margaret Slater, marketing manager at Congregational & General Insurance, said: “In launching the 2013 Faith Through a Lens competition we want to encourage people to capture what ‘faith’ means to them. We have had some interesting interpretations in previous years and I’m really looking forward to seeing what this year holds.

“The competition continually evolves and we are keen to attract new audiences. Faith in the UK plays an important role in many people’s lives and we hope to capture the diversity of this via Faith Through a Lens.”

Michael Ford
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River of Light

One winner, along with two highly commended entries will be announced at an exclusive awards ceremony held at MSN's offices in central London on 20 November.

Ten shortlisted finalists will be invited to the event and each will receive a prize bag of photography goods worth £250.

The overall winner and two highly commended entries will also receive £1,000 and £850 worth of personal prizes respectively. A Nokia 920 Lumina mobile phone will also be one of the prizes.

The three winning entrants will nominate a charity, faith or community group to receive £1,000 worth of audio-visual or photography equipment of their choice.

The judging panel will be led by the renowned photojournalist Don McCullin. MSN's picture manager Matthew Yelland will also be a judge.

The competition's continuing relationship with Inter Faith Network and Churches Together in England continues as Paresh Solanki and the Rev Dr David Cornick retain their judging places.

Entries from amateur photographers over the age of 16 will be assessed on a variety of criteria, including visual impact, composition and emotional connection.

Margaret Slater, marketing manager at Congregational & General Insurance, said: “In launching the 2013 Faith Through a Lens competition we want to encourage people to capture what ‘faith’ means to them. We have had some interesting interpretations in previous years and I’m really looking forward to seeing what this year holds.

“The competition continually evolves and we are keen to attract new audiences. Faith in the UK plays an important role in many people’s lives and we hope to capture the diversity of this via Faith Through a Lens.”

Gavin Burnett
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Shwedagon Monk

One winner, along with two highly commended entries will be announced at an exclusive awards ceremony held at MSN's offices in central London on 20 November.

Ten shortlisted finalists will be invited to the event and each will receive a prize bag of photography goods worth £250.

The overall winner and two highly commended entries will also receive £1,000 and £850 worth of personal prizes respectively. A Nokia 920 Lumina mobile phone will also be one of the prizes.

The three winning entrants will nominate a charity, faith or community group to receive £1,000 worth of audio-visual or photography equipment of their choice.

The judging panel will be led by the renowned photojournalist Don McCullin. MSN's picture manager Matthew Yelland will also be a judge.

The competition's continuing relationship with Inter Faith Network and Churches Together in England continues as Paresh Solanki and the Rev Dr David Cornick retain their judging places.

Entries from amateur photographers over the age of 16 will be assessed on a variety of criteria, including visual impact, composition and emotional connection.

Margaret Slater, marketing manager at Congregational & General Insurance, said: “In launching the 2013 Faith Through a Lens competition we want to encourage people to capture what ‘faith’ means to them. We have had some interesting interpretations in previous years and I’m really looking forward to seeing what this year holds.

“The competition continually evolves and we are keen to attract new audiences. Faith in the UK plays an important role in many people’s lives and we hope to capture the diversity of this via Faith Through a Lens.”

Malcolm Harnden
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You're Never Alone

One winner, along with two highly commended entries will be announced at an exclusive awards ceremony held at MSN's offices in central London on 20 November.

Ten shortlisted finalists will be invited to the event and each will receive a prize bag of photography goods worth £250.

The overall winner and two highly commended entries will also receive £1,000 and £850 worth of personal prizes respectively. A Nokia 920 Lumina mobile phone will also be one of the prizes.

The three winning entrants will nominate a charity, faith or community group to receive £1,000 worth of audio-visual or photography equipment of their choice.

The judging panel will be led by the renowned photojournalist Don McCullin. MSN's picture manager Matthew Yelland will also be a judge.

The competition's continuing relationship with Inter Faith Network and Churches Together in England continues as Paresh Solanki and the Rev Dr David Cornick retain their judging places.

Entries from amateur photographers over the age of 16 will be assessed on a variety of criteria, including visual impact, composition and emotional connection.

Margaret Slater, marketing manager at Congregational & General Insurance, said: “In launching the 2013 Faith Through a Lens competition we want to encourage people to capture what ‘faith’ means to them. We have had some interesting interpretations in previous years and I’m really looking forward to seeing what this year holds.

“The competition continually evolves and we are keen to attract new audiences. Faith in the UK plays an important role in many people’s lives and we hope to capture the diversity of this via Faith Through a Lens.”

Matthew Ferris
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Reading

One winner, along with two highly commended entries will be announced at an exclusive awards ceremony held at MSN's offices in central London on 20 November.

Ten shortlisted finalists will be invited to the event and each will receive a prize bag of photography goods worth £250.

The overall winner and two highly commended entries will also receive £1,000 and £850 worth of personal prizes respectively. A Nokia 920 Lumina mobile phone will also be one of the prizes.

The three winning entrants will nominate a charity, faith or community group to receive £1,000 worth of audio-visual or photography equipment of their choice.

The judging panel will be led by the renowned photojournalist Don McCullin. MSN's picture manager Matthew Yelland will also be a judge.

The competition's continuing relationship with Inter Faith Network and Churches Together in England continues as Paresh Solanki and the Rev Dr David Cornick retain their judging places.

Entries from amateur photographers over the age of 16 will be assessed on a variety of criteria, including visual impact, composition and emotional connection.

Margaret Slater, marketing manager at Congregational & General Insurance, said: “In launching the 2013 Faith Through a Lens competition we want to encourage people to capture what ‘faith’ means to them. We have had some interesting interpretations in previous years and I’m really looking forward to seeing what this year holds.

“The competition continually evolves and we are keen to attract new audiences. Faith in the UK plays an important role in many people’s lives and we hope to capture the diversity of this via Faith Through a Lens.”

Atia Aslam
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Nocturnal Unison

One winner, along with two highly commended entries will be announced at an exclusive awards ceremony held at MSN's offices in central London on 20 November.

Ten shortlisted finalists will be invited to the event and each will receive a prize bag of photography goods worth £250.

The overall winner and two highly commended entries will also receive £1,000 and £850 worth of personal prizes respectively. A Nokia 920 Lumina mobile phone will also be one of the prizes.

The three winning entrants will nominate a charity, faith or community group to receive £1,000 worth of audio-visual or photography equipment of their choice.

The judging panel will be led by the renowned photojournalist Don McCullin. MSN's picture manager Matthew Yelland will also be a judge.

The competition's continuing relationship with Inter Faith Network and Churches Together in England continues as Paresh Solanki and the Rev Dr David Cornick retain their judging places.

Entries from amateur photographers over the age of 16 will be assessed on a variety of criteria, including visual impact, composition and emotional connection.

Margaret Slater, marketing manager at Congregational & General Insurance, said: “In launching the 2013 Faith Through a Lens competition we want to encourage people to capture what ‘faith’ means to them. We have had some interesting interpretations in previous years and I’m really looking forward to seeing what this year holds.

“The competition continually evolves and we are keen to attract new audiences. Faith in the UK plays an important role in many people’s lives and we hope to capture the diversity of this via Faith Through a Lens.”