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Photo competition: Fashion and Dress codes

Every year the Fondation Alliance Française, which oversees the global network of Alliances Françaises, organises an international photo competition. The theme of this year’s contest is “Fashion and Dress Codes”.

What do a person’s clothes say about them? Clothing can express so much: personality, generation, cultural origin, age, community affiliation, gender identity… Whether dressed in a traditional costume, in overalls, for a celebration, in a tracksuit or a little black dress, following a trend or bucking one, or simply following the rules of a school, a team or a place of work - every day, every individual’s clothing is both an aesthetic and a social statement.

Manchester, formerly a great international centre for the cotton trade and the textile industry, is nowadays still a thriving cosmopolitan hive of clothing and style creation. Through this contest, we invite you to show us (and the world!) your unique vision of the everyday and extraordinary way people dress and the messages their clothes communicate.

In partnership with Manchester Metropolitan University, the Alliance Française de Manchester is organising its own local competition to select the winner who will represent Manchester at the international contest.

How to enter the competition:

The competition is free and is open to all entrants over the age of eighteen. However, professional photographers who have already gained widespread recognition for their photographic work and are living exclusively from the proceeds of it are not eligible to compete.

Manchester local entrants should send two photographs on the theme of “Fashion and Dress Codes” to the Alliance Française de Manchester via WeTransfer to the adress between 1 April and 21 May 2017, in a TIFF or JPEG file, with a minimum resolution of 300 dpi and a minimum size of 3543 x 4724 pixels.

A title must be provided for each photograph, along with the following information:

  • details of the camera used,
  • the aperture,
  • the shutter speed,
  • if photographic film has been used, details of the film (brand and ISO number),
  • the type of photo: colour photograph, silver, black and white, or digital photo,
  • the date and place where the photo was taken,
  • the title and,
  • a short description of the photo (in French or in English)

All entries will be acknowledged by e-mail within 1 working day of submission.

Competition timeline:

21 May 2017: Deadline for the Manchester contest.

Between 22 and 27 May 2017: The local jury will select 20 pairs of photos which will be displayed at the Alliance Française de Manchester. The prize-winner for the Manchester contest will be selected and their photos will be sent to the Fondation Alliance Française in Paris on 3 July 2017.
The local jury is composed of:

  • Andrew Ibi from the Fashion Institue
  • Gavin Parry, Senior Lecturer at the Photography department of Manchester Metropolitan University
  • Rebecca Milner, Curator at the Manchester Art Gallery
  • Emmanuel Bottiau, Director of the Alliance Française de Manchester

26 June 2017: The local exhibition will be officially opened at the Alliance Française de Manchester for a preview and he winner will be officially announced on this date.

Before 31 December 2017: announcement of the international competition winner and the 19 finalists. Publication of the results on the Fondation Alliance Française website.

Competition prizes:

From 26 June, the 20 pairs selected by the local jury will be on public display for two months at the Alliance Française de Manchester.

A selection of the works of the winner and the finalists picked by the jury of the Fondation Alliance Française will be displayed at a collective exhibition at a location in Paris chosen by the Fondation Alliance Française and/or at the Fondation’s gallery. Following the Paris exhibition, the photos will travel the world and be displayed in Alliances Françaises internationally.

Some of the selected photos will be published in specialist art and photography press.

The winner of the international competition will be offered a week’s stay in Paris with transport (return ticket economy class), accommodation and a daily allowance of €40 provided by the Fondation Alliance Française.

A full statement of the international competition conditions and regulations is available at:


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