The Independent on Sunday and First Direct are accepting entries for one of Europe's most generous photography competitions - the deadline is 31 May. This year's theme, which can be interpreted freely, is Celebration. Shown here is last year's winning photograph, taken by Chris Simpson.
Amateur: 1st prize: pounds 5,000 plus a photographic assignment with the IoS; 2nd prize: pounds 1,500; 3rd prize: pounds 500. Professional: 1st prize: pounds 5,000 plus a photographic assignment with the IoS; 2nd prize: pounds 1,500; 3rd prize: pounds 500. Under-18s: 1st prize: a PC; 2nd prize: a camera; 3rd prize: pounds 50. In each category, 20 runners-up (10 for under-18s) will have their work exhibited. SEND ENTRY TO: IoS/ First Direct Black & White Photographic Award, Band and Brown Communications Ltd., 5 Jamestown Road, London NW1 7DB RULES Photographs must have been taken in 1998 or 1999 and must be black and white. Entry is restricted to UK residents. Only one print per entry. (Under-18s should follow the same guidelines, but photographs can be any size and entries can be in colour. …