Heathrow Airport becomes a photography exhibition!

Award-winning photographs from across the country are now on display at London’s Heathrow Airport, as part of the UK Government’s campaign to showcase visually stunning images representing Britain and Northern Ireland.

Launched in partnership with the Royal Photographic Society (RPS), the Great Britain and Northern Ireland photographic campaign was designed to show passengers a new vision of the UK, presented through the lens of the public.

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National Campaign Great Exposure Photography Contest (opens in a new tab)in partnership with Heathrow Airport and the RPS, invited photographers to share images that captured the true spirit of the UK and to submit images celebrating the UK’s rich cultural diversity and its innovative spirit and welcoming.

The winners of this competition have now been revealed and their images are already on display in prominent media spaces throughout Heathrow Airport, including the Heathrow Express train linking the airport to London Paddington Station, and on digital screens in airport terminals.

A jury comprising photographers Simon Roberts and Alistair Morrison, curator of the Open Eye Gallery in Liverpool, Mariama Attah, and Heathrow’s chief operating officer, Emma Gilthorpe, selected the winning images from among 600 photos from high quality from UK photographers.

There were no winners or runners-up selected for this competition, with the 40 images selected by the judges being considered competition winners and chosen for display at Heathrow. These images will be seen and admired by tens of millions of people passing through the airport each year, and should be displayed for at least a year.

The display of 40 images captures the spirit of the four corners of the country. Iconic places such as Bow Fiddle Rock in Scotland, Rievaulx Abbey in North Yorkshire, Pentre Ifan in Pembrokeshire, Wales, Gortin Glen Forest Park in Omagh and County Tyrone in Northern Ireland are among of the winning selection.

“It’s fantastic to see the rich cultural diversity of the UK through this brilliant new exhibition of photography,” said Emma Gilthorpe. “We are preparing for a busy summer travel season and I hope this exhibition will encourage visitors to see new perspectives when visiting the incredible places the UK has to offer.”

“It was refreshing to see so many entries that really reflected the idea of ​​’Seeing Things Differently,'” Alistair Morrison added. “Having to choose from such an exceptional collection of diverse photography was difficult – congratulations to all who contributed.”

The UK government is involved in ongoing work to promote the UK to the world to boost trade, tourism and encourage international students. Be sure to keep an eye out for these extraordinary images on your next visit to Heathrow!

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