• Ypatia_Kornarou_-_She_Said_ROSL_PHOTO_23_RUNNER-UP
  • Zobayer_Joti_-_My_Beloved_Grandparents_ROSL_PHOTO_23_WINNER
  • ROSL_overseas_issue736_Raphaël_Neal_ Shane
  • ROSL_overseas_issue736_Panagiotis Dalagiorgos_Caterpillar
  • ROSL_overseas_issue736_Koubková_Barbora_ Mountain_Point
  • ROSL_overseas_issue736_Guillaume_Petermann _Delousing_Time
  • ROSL_overseas_issue736_Felicitas_Yang_Three_Princesses
  • ROSL_overseas_issue736_Visule_Kabunda_Slowly_Surely
  • ROSL_overseas_issue736_Mpumelelo Buthelezi
  • ROSL_overseas_issue736_Md_Shamim_Al-Noor_Return_Home
  • ROSL_overseas_issue736_Jonasz_Cieslak _Interlock
  • ROSL_overseas_issue736_Javier_Arcenillas_Horse
  • ROSL_overseas_issue736_Francisco_Salgueiro_Angel
  • ROSL_overseas_issue736_Diwakar_Redhu_Forbidden_Fruit
  • ROSL_overseas_issue736_Daniel_Bassett_Dark _Energy
  • ROSL_overseas_issue736_Radoslav Sviretsov_BasketGlow

ROSL Photo Competition

Established in 2019, ROSL PHOTO is a biennial photography competition, free to enter via digital submission. Now in its third iteration, ROSL PHOTO has continued to build on its reputation and tripled the number of entries in 2023.


Each entrant can submit up to five digital images of their choice taken in the past 18 months from any image making camera source, tackling the subject however they wish. The previous competition received over 500 entries from 40 countries, collecting huge praise along the way from our selected industry judges for their quality and depth.

The competition is FREE TO ENTER and offers £3,500 of prize money, an exhibition of shortlisted entries in London, winning images published in Overseas Journal and open to any photographer 18+ who is a citizen of a Commonwealth or former Commonwealth Country, the USA, EU and EEA countries or Switzerland. We will also accept images that have a link to current countries of the Commonwealth from entrants outside of the geographical areas listed ab


1st Prize: £2,000, a 5-day trip to London for the exhibition (including accommodation at the Royal Over-Seas League), winning image published in Overseas Magazine and professional development support from the arts team.

Runner-Up: £1,000 and winning image published in Overseas Magazine

The Madiha Aijaz Prize: £500 and winning image published in Overseas Magazine, awarded to a Young Photographer of Promise under 23 years of age

For Applicants — The Competition Panel

Jocelyn Bain Hogg

Documentary photographer and educator, author of four photographic books including The Firm (Trolley, 2001), Course Leader at London College of Communication for BA Photojournalism and Documentary Photography.

Charlotte Jansen

Journalist and author of Photography Now: Fifty Pioneers Defining Photography for the Twenty-First Century (Tate, 2021) and Girl on Girl: Art and Photography in the Age of the Female Gaze (Laurence King Publishing, 2017).

Seamus Murphy

Documentary photographer and filmmaker, recipient of seven World Press Photo awards for his photographic work in Afghanistan, Gaza, Lebanon, Sierra Leone, Peru and Ireland.

Hannah Starkey

Artist, awarded the Vogue Condé Nast Award (1997); the 3rd International Tokyo Photo Biennale’s Award for Excellence (1999), the St. James Group Ltd Photography Prize (2002), and the Honorary Fellowship of the Royal Photographic Society (2019)

Nilupa Yasmin

Artist and educator, included in many permanent and private collections including Government Art Collection, The New Art Gallery Walsall and Birmingham Museums Collection. She is a Lecturer in Photography and recently completed her MA in Photography Arts at University of Westminster.