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4 March - 8 March 2024



2 March 2024


We Feed The UK @ Exterior Walls

8 February - 31 March 2024


Contrail Cirrus: the impact of aviation on climate change

7 March 2024


Tree Story @ Liverpool ONE

16 February 2024

Open Source #27: Saffron Lily – In The Absence of Formal Ground @ Digital Window Gallery

6 February - 6 March 2024


Contemporary Photography from Ukraine: Symposium @University of Salford

4 March - 5 March 2024


Is Anybody Listening? Symposium: Commissioning and Collecting Socially Engaged Photography

29 February 2024

Past Events

Different approaches: Artists working with scientists

15 February 2024


LOOK Climate Lab 2024: All Events

18 January 2024


Diesel & Dust @ Digital Window Gallery

18 January - 31 March 2024


Tree Walks Of Sefton Park with Andrea Ku

21 January 2024

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Artists Remake the World by Vid Simoniti: Book Launch

31 January 2024

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Shift Liverpool Open Meeting

6 February 2024

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We Feed The UK Launch and LOOK Climate Lab 2024 Celebration

8 February 2024

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Cyanotype workshop with Melanie King

17 February 2024

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End of Empire: artist talk and discussion

22 February 2024

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Book Launch: What The Mine Gives, The Mine Takes

24 February 2024


Local ecology in the post-industrial era: open discussion

14 March 2024


Plant a seed. Seed sow and in conversation with Plot2Plate

16 March 2024


Waterlands: creative writing workshop

23 March 2024


Erosion: panel discussion

9 March 2024


Waterlands: an evening of poetry and photographs

23 March 2024


Force For Nature Exhibition

27 March - 28 March 2024

Voices of Nature: Interactive Performances

28 March 2024

Past Events

Sum of All Parts: Symposium

27 February 2024

Exhibitions Main Exhibition

LOOK Climate Lab 2024

18 January - 31 March 2024

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MA Socially engaged photography Open Day event

1 February 2023

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Tish: Special screening and Q&A

13 December 2023

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Book Launch: A Look At A New Perspective

23 November 2023


Community workshops @ Ellesmere Port Library

6 November - 5 February 2024

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Book Launch: ‘544m’ By Kevin Crooks

30 November 2023

Past Exhibitions

Bernice Mulenga @ Open Eye Gallery Atrium Space

17 November - 17 December 2023

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Bernice Mulenga: Artist Talk

18 November 2023

Past Exhibitions

Local Roots @ The Atkinson

14 October 2023


Community @ Ellesmere Port Library

26 October - 11 April 2024

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Critique Surgery for Socially Engaged Photographers

6 November 2023

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Deeds Not Words: panel discussion

12 October 2023

Past Exhibitions

Deeds Not Words @ Atrium Space

3 October - 22 October 2023

Ode To Our Space @ Digital Window Gallery

29 September - 23 December 2023

A Look At A New Perspective @ Digital Window Gallery

29 September - 23 December 2023

Past Events

Book Launch: Crow Dark Dawn

19 October 2023

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Exhibition Launch: A Place of Our Own

28 September 2023


12 September - 22 December 2023

Past Events

Sandra Suubi ‘Samba Gown’ Procession

9 September 2023

Exhibitions Future Exhibitions

A Place of Our Own

29 September - 22 December 2023

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7 September 2023


A Portrait of the High Street @ Prescot

31 August 2023

Projects Past Exhibitions

Our Home. Our Place. Our Space. @ Walton

16 August - 2 October 2023

Past Events

Poetry Reading: Coast to Coast to Coast’s sixth Birthday!

16 September 2023



Open Eye Gallery and Liverpool City Region Combined Authority are pleased to announce a call for entries to Liverpool City Region Photo Awards 2023! The competition is open to anyone living in the city region. Free online submission starts 10 November 2022 and closes 23.59 15 January 2023. Winners’ works will be a part of the Liverpool City Region Photo Awards 2023 exhibition. There will also be cash prizes and more special prizes to be announced!


Liverpool City Region is a place for photographers — our varied landscapes and vibrant communities have led to images that have inspired visitors and locals alike. Historically, the city region has nurtured more than its fair share of internationally significant photographers, something that continues today — it’s the reason Open Eye Gallery is based here. 

The photography world is now shining a spotlight on the city region as we host the Sony World Photography Award Winners 2022, from the 11th November — 22 December. Open Eye Gallery will be expecting record visitor numbers. Then in January we are proud to host a solo exhibition by Craig Easton, the overall winner of the Sony World Photography Award during lockdown in 2021, selected from entries from 72 countries.

Over the last few years, more than ever before, people have shared their lives through photography on social media. We all know the power of a photograph: to bring us nearer to things we miss (or might have missed), to communicate beyond language, and connect instantly. 

Now Open Eye Gallery and Liverpool City Region Combined Authority are supporting the awards to celebrate the culture, creativity and vibrancy across our city region — we want to make some noise about the talent living right here. 


  • Submissions are free and open to anyone living in the city region (Halton, Knowsley, Liverpool, St Helens, Sefton and Wirral)
  • To enter the competition, please create your account on picter.com. You will be then guided through the submission process with all the technical requirements. 
  • Select one category to participate and upload from 3 to 5 photos. No need for the new photos — participants can use their archives. Photos don’t need to be taken in the Liverpool City Region. 
  • In the project description you can mention your subcategory (Mobile, Analogue, Under 16) for a chance of winning additional prizes. 
  • Submission deadline is 15 January 2023. 



The categories in the competition are: People and Places, Still Life, Living Sustainably, Sport, Portrait, Urban Living, Creative, Wildlife and Nature. There will be an award for each category and an additional award for Mobile, Youth (U16s) and Analogue subcategories. Detailed category descriptions are available on the competition website. Winners will be showing as part of Liverpool City Region Photo Awards 2023 exhibition. There are also cash prizes and special prizes.

dot-art will be offering 1-year free dot-art Darkroom Membership to the winner of the Analogue category and 1 free month to the winners of each of the other award categories. dot-art is a Liverpool gallery supporting local artists, working with businesses, and running art classes. dot-art also offer free half-day dark room taster sessions on 15 December (1 AM – 1 PM and 2 PM – 5 PM). A taster session is an introduction into the processes of creating prints from negatives and provides an opportunity to get to know the equipment and language: email gallery@dot-art.com to apply for a free place. The dot-art team will also be leading weekly Darkroom tours throughout the competition live dates for those interested in joining the Darkroom or a taster session.

INNSiDE will be offering a voucher for a one night stay at INNSiDE Liverpool in an INNSiDE Guest Room for 2 guests inclusive breakfast. INNSiDE Liverpool is a contemporary urban design city hotel in the heart of downtown Liverpool. 

The judges are:

Overall Winner:

  • Lindsay Taylor, Judge for 2021 Sony World Photography Awards, Curator, University of Salford Art Collection 
  • Mariama Attah, Judge for the 2022 Sony World Photography Award, Head of Exhibition Open Eye Gallery
  • Craig Easton, Photographer, Overall Winner of the 2021 Sony World Photography Awards
  • Sarah Lovell, Lead Officer – Culture Coordinator, Liverpool City Region Combined Authority


People and places:

  • Tina Ball (Kirkby Gallery, Culture Development & Events Officer)
  • Arshmeena Durrani (Junior Project Manager – Race Equality, Liverpool City Region)
  • Brian Churchill (Sales Manager, INNSiDE Liverpool)


Still Life:

  • Peter Frost (Director, World of Glass)
  • Andy Campbell (Principal Media Manager Communications & Marketing, Liverpool City Region)
  • Declan Connolly (Programme Assistant, Open Eye Gallery)


Living Sustainably:

  • Stephen Whittle (Principal Manager, Museum, Gallery & Operations, The Atkinson)
  • Philippa Lee (Senior Commercial & Projects Lawyer, Liverpool City Region)
  • Núria Rovira Terradas (Assistant Creative Producer, Open Eye Gallery)



  • Janet Dugdale (Director of Museums at National Museums Liverpool)
  • Craig Thomason (Partnerships and Communities Manager, Community Integrated Care)
  • Emeka Onuora (Race Equality Manager, Liverpool City Region)



  • Philippa Crofts (Conservation, The Hardman’s House)
  • Jan Leong (Senior Commercial & Projects Lawyer, Liverpool City Region)
  • Lee Rooney (Communications Officer, Liverpool City Region)


Urban Living:

  • Niall Hodson (Curator, Williamson Art Gallery and Museum)
  • Helen Cross (Digital and Creative Sector Lead, Growth Platform)
  • Maxine Joy ( Practitioner Homelessness / Housing First, Liverpool City Region)



  • Adam Smythe (Curator, The Bluecoat)
  • Nick Bell (Programme Manager Households into Work, Liverpool City Region)
  • Clare Barber (Senior Media and Communications Officer, Liverpool City Region)


Wildlife & Nature:

  • Dave McAleavy (Project Manager, Mersey Forest)
  • Lorna Rogers (Asst Director Mayoral Programme Delivery, Liverpool City Region)
  • Sorcha Boyle (Responsive Programme Coordinator, Open Eye Gallery)



  • Lucy Byrne (Director, dot-art)
  • Dave Roscoe (Past President, The Atheneum)
  • Bronwyn Andrews (Assistant Creative Producer, Open Eye Gallery)



  • Nicola Triscott (Director/ CEO, FACT)
  • Rob Ingman (Transport Network Performance Operations Manager, Liverpool City Region)
  • Anna WijnHoven (Assistant Creative Producer, Open Eye Gallery)



  • Rachel Brewster (dot-art Darkroom and Little Vintage Photography)
  • Neil Hibbs (Technical Services and Photographic Lab Manager, Harman Technology)
  • Maria Gulina (Digital Marketing, Communications and Content Producer, Open Eye Gallery)



As much as possible, Open Eye Gallery’s staff, space, online channels and networks are open and free for people to use. Our open processes and platforms make it easy to contribute to and co-author our programme. We maintain the right to refuse to share images at our discretion.

All photographs submitted must be the work of the person submitting them. Ethically, we ask that if your photograph has a central focus on a person or persons, you have asked their permission to submit.  Your content must not be illegal or unlawful, must not infringe any person’s legal rights, and must not be capable of giving rise to legal action against any person (in each case in any jurisdiction and under any applicable law). By submitting to Liverpool City Region Photo Awards 2023, the images fall under a Creative Commons license. Copyright remains with the photographer but we may use your images (credited and in context) for educational and marketing (of the awards) purposes.

For press enquiries contact: Maria Gulina, maria@openeye.org.uk.

Open Eye Gallery, founded in 1977, is an independent, not-for-profit photography gallery based in Liverpool. One of the UK’s leading photography spaces, it is the only gallery dedicated to photography and related media in the North West of England. Open Eye Gallery works with people to explore photography’s unique ability to connect, to tell stories, to inquire, to reflect on humanity’s past and present, and to celebrate its diversity and creativity.

Liverpool City Region Combined Authority, led by Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram, is made up of the city region’s six local authorities – Halton, Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton, St Helens and Wirral. It uses its devolved powers to ensure that decisions are made closer to the local people, communities and businesses they affect in areas that have a real impact, such as transport, employment, digital, housing and culture. It is the first Combined Authority to have control over culture through devolution, utilising many of the region’s existing assets and talent to stimulate cultural and creative opportunities and make a real and meaningful difference to the lives of the people living and working in the area.


Open Eye Gallery is supported by Arts Council England and Liverpool City Council. It is a National Portfolio Organisation.

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