One Smart Day in One Smart City



The popular ‘24 Hours in Bristol’ photo-marathon competition, which sees 10,000 photographs taken in a single day, returns in 2017 with an exciting new format – all entries must be taken on smartphones or tablets only.

The new format smartpone competition has opened up the event to anyone with a mobile phone, without needing to own a traditional camera. Hundreds of budding snappers enjoyed getting 'smart' with their mobiles during the 24 hour competition, which ran from 1200 Saturday 30th September to 1200 Sunday 1st October 2017.


What makes '24 Hours in Our City' unique is that registering to enter the competition online, entrants are randomly allocated an hour of the 24 hour competition in which they must take at least one entry image, which creates a fun additional challenge and ensures full 24 hour coverage of the city.


Exciting new prize categories for 2017 include 'Bristol Architecture', sponsored by Stride Treglown, 'Recycle & Reuse' sponsored by Bristol Waste Company, 'Bristol at Work' sponsored by Central Appointments; 'My Neighbourhood', sponsored by the University of the West of England; 'Bristol Property' sponsored by Andrews Property Group; 'Creative Technology' sponsored by Element78; 'Panoramic' sponsored by Fotospeed; Food & Drink sponsored by Steak of the Art Restaurant; Best photo of Finzels Reach, sponsored by Cubex Land; Best U18' and 'Nature & Wildlife', judged by BBC wildlife presenter Michaela Strachan.


To enter the competition, everyone must register online. They are then allocated an hour of the 24 hour competition in which they must take at least one entry photo.  They can also enter images taken in other hours.

On Saturday 30th September all entrants headed out across the city over the 24 hours of the competition taking photographs of anything that caught their eye.  They then had until 0900 Tuesday 3rd October to upload their best images for judging. The shortlisted entrants, sponsors and the media were all invited to the Awards evening on 27th October, when the final winners were announced.  

The 'One Smart Day in Bristol 2017' exhibition displays all 85+ winning photographs, plus a giant 30m banner featuring all of this year's entry images - everyone's a winner!


The exhibition is at the new Programme Gallery in the converted Pithay building, off Castle Park, from Saturday 28th October - Saturday 11th November. The exhibition is open from Wednesdays to Saturdays from 1200-1800.  See the exhibition page of the website for details, a map and directions.


There are over £5,000 of prizes on offer for the 2017 competition, including a first prize worth over £2,000 - one of the world's largest prizes for a mobile phone photo competition.


Meet the judging panel for this year's smartphone photo competition


The One Smart Day in Bristol 2017 exhibition will open at the Programme Gallery from Saturday 28th October to Saturday 11th November

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We are very grateful to all of our 2017 partners and sponsors for their kind support of this year's competition :)

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