We do not know if the Photographic Competition will go ahead this year
or whether the Emsworth Arts Trail will take place


The Broomfield "Schools Photographic Competition" - sponsored by the SMPPA

Maurice Broomfield had an international reputation for photography, principally of British industry. He spent his last years living beside the Slipper Pond, where he loved to watch the wildlife and people. Donations to his memory were dedicated to us, the SMPPA, which he supported wholeheartedly.

Since 2012, with the help of his widow, son and many friends, the SMPPA has used the donations to support an annual competition to encourage school children to take up photography. It is open to pupils in years 3, 4, 5 and 6 with a maximum of three entries per pupil.  There are two entry categories; "Local Nature" and "Open"; Maurice always stressed that the most unlikely things could make a brilliant photograph.


The competition now includes six primary schools: Emsworth Primary, St James Primary, Southbourne Juniors, Thorney Island Primary, Westbourne Primary and Funtington Primary School. Two prizes are awarded in each category, with runner up and highly commended certificates also issued by the judges.


SMPPA representatives and volunteers visit the schools to promote the competition from February onwards.  The winning images plus as many others as possible are usually exhibited at the Emsworth Community Centre as part of the Emsworth Art Trail.  

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2019 Winning Photos

The 2 overall winners were both in Year 5 this year. They were:

"This Better be Important" by Woody Willis, Funtington Primary School


"Ladybird on Nettles" by Joe Fellows, Emsworth Primary School

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How to Enter:

We hope you have a lot of fun taking pictures to enter.  The pictures must be your own work and must not have been entered in previous competitions.  Two must be on the theme “Local Nature" and Two of “Open”.  

Entries to the Photographic Competition must be submitted by a parent or guardian on behalf of the child photographer. The submission of an entry will imply the parent's or guardian's agreement to the possible publishing of a group photograph including their child, along with their school details.


Entries should be emailed to:  photos@smppa.org.uk
Make sure to include your Name, School, and what Year you are in.  You should give your pictures Titles if you can.


You can use any Camera or Phone, Tablet, iPod etc. but whatever you use make sure the lens is clean before you start.  A small amount of cropping is allowed if you do it yourself.  The judges are looking for interesting and well composed pictures that portray a subject well and in interesting light.  The main subject should be in focus and not cut off in important parts.  Horizons should be level. The decider is how well it catches and holds the judges' attention.


The competition will be launched again in February with presentations to the six participating schools.  
The closing date for entries is usually in April.  
The prizegiving is normally held on the Friday of the first Bank Holiday weekend in May at the
Emsworth Community Centre as part of the Emsworth Art Trail.


There is a prize of £30 for the winning photographer in each of the two subjects, and a prize of £25

for their school.

There are prizes of £15 for the winner from each other school year.

The Judges award Certificates of Merit to other good entries.

All entrants will receive a mounted print of their pictures.

Presentation of Prizes

Prize and Certificate winners and their schools will be notified by e-mail.  The prizes and certificates will be presented at the prizegiving ceremony at the Emsworth Community Centre on the Friday of the first May Bank Holiday weekend at 4.00pm, when prints of all the entries will be on show.  
All entrants and their parents are invited to come to this event.
Photographs will stay on display over the Emsworth Art Trail weekend and will be on show at the Emsworth Co-op after this.

The Slipper Mill Pond Preservation Association

The SMPPA is the sponsor of this competition and reserves the right to use entered pictures in its publicity or publications.  The prize and certificate winners' group will be photographed for publicity purposes.  If this is not acceptable to you or your parents  please make sure that you make this known on the presentation evening.

Remember to take care near water.
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2018 winning photos can be found below:


And a selection of winning photos from previous years.......

Hazel Morgan F6 Under the Covers - Open.
Isaac Forster J3 Skating on thin ice - C