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Black Country Living Museum 40th Anniversary Calendar Competition


18 August 2017

2018 is a very special year for us here at Black Country Living Museum; it marks 40 years since we opened our doors to you, our visitors.

We’ve had a great 40 years welcoming you into the inspiring stories of real people, their streets and homes, work and daily lives. To celebrate, we want to create a 2018 calendar compiled of photographs from our Visitors.

So, if you think you have a great photo from any of your visits to the Museum; enter it into our competition.  Whether it’s a dramatic image of sparks flying in the chain maker’s or a funny photo from one of our Special Events, send it in for our judges.  Remember we’re looking for 12 months’ worth of images, so dig deep and look back over the photos from your visits to see if you’ve got a “fantastic February” or “smashing September” !

Can I enter?

Yes:  This competition is open to all.  It doesn’t matter whether you’re a professional photographer or you got lucky and took a bostin’ photo on your phone.  The only stipulation is that it must have been taken within the Museum

The winners?

There will be one overall winner and 11 runners up:  We need a Black Country Living Museum 2018 Calendar Cover image, this person will be the overall winner.  We then need another 11 months’ worth of runner up images. 

What do I win?

The winners will receive a BCLM Membership, their photo framed and a copy of the 2018 calendar.

What are you looking for?

We’re looking for photos taken within the Museum that capture the drama, fun and excitement of what our costumed demonstrators, buildings and experiences have to offer.  Industry, stories, characters, vintage transport, food & drink; whatever made you want to capture it “on film”.

If your image is to be shortlisted, you and your image must adhere to the following:

  • Your image(s) must be in landscape format
  • All images must be taken within the Black Country Living Museum (BCLM)
  • Your images must have a resolution of at least 300dpi
  • If your image includes people who can be identified you must be able to provide evidence of their consent

How do I enter?

  • Email your images to:
  • You can send as many images as you like….so long as they meet the criteria!
  • Keep visiting us and submitting your images.
  • Final deadline for entries is 23:59 on Sunday 10th September 2017.  Any entries received after that date/time will not be considered for shortlisting. Please read the extended terms and conditions at the bottom of this page before you enter
  • By submitting an image to this competition, you are agreeing to all terms and conditions


2018 BCLM Calendar Competition Terms & Conditions

  1. This competition is open to all UK residents.
  2. By entering, all entrants agree to enter into the spirit and purpose of the competition; to create a 2018 calendar compiled of Visitor’s photographs.
  3. BCLM will assume that all entrants have read, understood, accept and adhere to all terms and conditions detailed here.
  4. The judges’ decisions (whether in relation to determining any shortlists, runners up, or winners) are final. No correspondence will be entered into regarding such decisions.
  5. Entries should be submitted via email to only.  Entries submitted via BCLM’s Social Media channels will not be entered and will not be re-directed by BCLM.  We cannot accept entries in any other format.
  6. Image files (from both digital cameras and smartphones) must be a landscape image, 300dpi and 4000 pixels and as a compressed jpeg file of maximum 2Mb. Any number of images may be submitted.
  7. Entrants must supply their name, email address and contact details.  Entrants are also welcome to supply a caption or title or a preference as to which month the image should be considered for.  However BCLM cannot guarantee to use either if the image is shortlisted.
  8. All entries must be received by 23:59 on 10th September 2017.  Any entries made after this time and date will not be accepted.
  9. Entrants under the age of 16 must obtain consent to enter from their parent or guardian prior to submitting any images.
  10. All images submitted must be the work of the individual submitting them and must not have been published elsewhere (excluding social media) or have won a prize in any other  competition. 

11. All images entered must have been taken within Black Country Living Museum 

12. It is the responsibility of each entrant to ensure that any images they submit have been taken with the consent of anyone who can be identified or the consent of their parent/guardian if they are under 16 and that they have been advised that their photograph may be published by Black Country Living Museum. The photograph can only go through to judging for the shortlist with this consent. 

13. Entrants must ensure that the images they are submitting are their own work, that they own the copyright for them and that they do not infringe the copyright or other rights of any third party or any laws.

14. Entrants will retain copyright and moral rights on their submitted images however, by entering, all entrants: 
(a) grant Black Country Living Museum non-exclusive rights to use the images on the Calendar Cover or within the 2018 Black Country Living Museum Calendar.
(b) grant Black Country Living Museum non-exclusive rights to use the images to promote the competition the images were submitted to or for similar future competitions within a five year period of the winners of the competition being announced; 
(c) agree that the uses referred to at Clauses 14(a) and 14(b) above may include publishing, displaying or otherwise reproducing the images (whether online or any print  material) provided such use is for the purposes of promoting the competition or similar future competitions only; and

(d) agree that Black Country Living Museum may contact them using the contact details they provide to discuss potential use of the images beyond promotion of the competition. Such discussion and negotiation will be independent from the competition and will not affect entrants’ chances of winning. 

15. Black Country Living Museum will endeavor to credit the photographer whenever their image is used and published by the Museum.  Credits will be made for individuals only and not made for companies.

16. The winner and runners-up will be notified by email by 15 October 2017. A list of the winners and runners-up will be announced on the Black Country Living Museum website and social media channels on 16 October 2017.  If a winner cannot be contacted or is not available, Black Country Living Museum reserves the right to select the first runner-up from the remaining shortlisted entries as the winner. 

17. The overall winner of the 2018 Black Country Living Museum Calendar Competition will see their image printed as the cover of the 2018 Calendar.  The runners up will have their images printed, one per month, inside.  This will be on-sale within the museum gift shop and online.  The prizes as described are available on the date of publication. All prizes are non-transferable and there are no cash alternatives.

18. The winners may be required to take part in publicity and their name may be published on the Black Country Living Museum website, Social Media channels and any other Museum publications, print or otherwise.

19. Events may occur that render the competition itself or the awarding of the prizes impossible due to reasons beyond the control of Black Country Living Museum and accordingly the Museum may at its absolute discretion vary or amend the promotion.  The entrant agrees that no liability shall attach to the promoter as a result thereof.

20. English law applies and the exclusive jurisdiction of the English Courts shall prevail.



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