The Arrival of Spring



British Council invites photographers to participate in a competition, The Arrival of Spring, which aims to bring forward the vibrancy of our culture as well as highlight the diversity of people and traditions in Pakistan.

The arrival of spring heralds new growth and a renewal of life. In different countries, the change in season has religious or cultural significance. Nowruz, the Persian New Year, Basant, also known as Jashan-e-Baharan, and the Kalash Spring Festival are annual events in Pakistan that celebrate spring. We welcome photographs capturing the character of these festivals, including traditional customs along with images of the start of spring, the equinox or new beginnings. Photographers are encouraged to interpret the theme more broadly using the opportunity to capture the diversity of our Pakistani culture by focusing on ethnic and religious minorities. Archived historical or personal photographs that document memories of these festivals will also be accepted.

Photographs should be accompanied by a short statement explaining the photographer’s interpretation of the theme and a little about the specific festival it captures.

All entries received will be posted on the British Council Pakistan’s website in the form of a slide show. A shortlist of eight images, pertaining to Nowruz, will become part of a larger exhibition, The Spirit of Nowruz, in London from 2 March - 20 April 2015.

The photographers are expected to email one submission each along with the text to  by Friday, 21 November 2014.


  • Image resolution: 200dpi at final print size
  • Image format: TIFF preferred; JPEG acceptable if saved at maximum quality
  • Colour option: RGB
  • Caption to be provided, explaining what the photograph is about
  • If printed, the photographs will be as C-type digital photographic prints
  • If framed, photographs will be printed on matt paper
  • Size, print paper and mounts will be discussed on an individual basis between photographer and curators. 

Terms and conditions: Participants will retain copyright in the entry material that they submit to the British Council. By submitting the entry material each participant grants the British Council, free of charge, permission to use the entry material (including, without limitation, modifying and adapting it for operational and editorial reasons) in any media worldwide for purposes connected with the Spirit of Nowruz project, including reproducing the entry material in a photography exhibition about the Spirit of Nowruz.  The participant also agrees that the British Council shall be entitled to pass the entry material to external press and media agencies, publishers and broadcasters anywhere in the world, for purposes connected with the Spirit of Nowruz project.

Each participant confirms that the entry material is their original work, is not defamatory and does not infringe any English laws, that they have the right to give the British Council permission to use it for the purposes specified above, and that all necessary consents for the submission of the entry material have been obtained.

Deadline: Friday, 21 November 2014 

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