England’s New Lenses

In partnership with Photoworks, Untold Heritage photography call as part of our England’s New Lenses Programme. Follow #UntoldHeritage to find out more.


Untold Heritage is your chance to explore your heritage through photography, to tell the stories that get left out of the history books, and to help us discover alternative narratives of our history.

We want you to explore your heritage and the ‘heritage of the future’, documenting the people, places, and communities that have shaped you and your life, and the heritage you want to hand down to future generations.

We want to see your take on our themes. This could be exploring your family history (from your immediate family to ancestry and traditions) or more broadly sharing the untold heritage of your communities (work, industries, places of significance, movements, etc.).

You might even want to explore ‘future heritage’, using your camera to explore the current big issues like climate change, lockdown, unemployment, equality and housing.

Entries submitted to this website, before the deadline, will also be judged by our panel, with the best being selected for a place in the digital Photoworks Festival in October 2020 and a chance to win a number of other prizes, including mentoring opportunities for one photographer whose photo engages with the theme in the most creative way.

Although the competition is now closed we still want to see your photos inspired by the themes. Our favourite entries will be shared across our Instagram and website, as well as Photoworks and English Heritage channels, so don’t forget to tag us in them so we can see your #UntoldHeritage inspired photography.

We can’t wait to see the work you create – telling your stories, inspired by your heritage!

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Shout Out Loud is partnering with Photoworks to deliver the England’s New Lenses ‘Untold Heritage’ project.

Photoworks champions photography for everyone. We are an international platform, global in reach, and have provided opportunities for artists and audiences since 1995. We do not have a physical venue, but our online channels are always open. Our programme brings new experiences to audiences and opens up new ways to encounter photography.
Photoworks is a registered charity and the only organisation with a national remit for photography in England. Our work is supported by public funding through Arts Council England’s National Portfolio.

Untold Heritage and England’s New Lenses are part of Shout Out Loud, English Heritage’s national youth engagement programme. Shout Out Loud is funded by The National Lottery Heritage Fund’s Kick The Dust programme. Untold Heritage and England’s New Lenses are additional Kick The Dust activity funded by DCMS through the Youth Accelerator Fund.