Roman Road Market Then & Now photography competition


Entries into our photography competition have now closed. To see the winners, click here.


Idea Store Bow and Roman Road LDN have come together to launch the Roman Road Market Then & Now photography competition.

It’s free to enter. Entrants just need to take a picture of Roman Road Market inspired by archive images of the historic street market from Tower Hamlets Local History Library and Archives.

The archive images show photographs of the market from the 1960s, 70s, 80s and 90s but we want you to use these images as inspiration to take your own pictures of the market.

See the archive images here.

A panel of local professional photographers and market traders will form a panel of judges and will choose the best 15 images and the overall winner.

The fifteen shortlisted images, along with the winning photograph, will be exhibited at the Idea Store Bow alongside the archive images from 31st May until June 24th and will be featured on the Roman Road London website.

The winning image will form part of a subsequent reader competition, where one lucky winner wins a framed print of the winning image.

There will be an exhibition launch on Thursday 31st May with guest speaker Melanie McGrath, author of Pie & Mash down Roman Road and a selection of drinks and canapes.


Andrew Leo

Local resident and photographer Andrew Leo is no stranger to shooting Roman Road. His Postcode Project documented the characters who live and work on the Roman. This Essex-born banker turned street and documentary photographer lives in Bethnal Green can often be found cycling around London. Check out his website here.

Katinka Herbert

Local resident and professional photographer Katinka Herbert is a leading portrait and commercial photographer. She has photographed a wide range of celebrities from Brian Blessed to Beyonce. Commercial clients include Land Rover, Vogue, Guardian and Dazed. Katinka’s work has been exhibited globally and recent awards include finalist for The Royal Photographic Society. Check out her website and Instagram.

Robin Forster

Robin Forster studied engineering at Leeds and Heriot Watt Universities before working in North Sea oil exploration for a number of years. A change of career via Sir John Cass School of Art and Central St Martin’s enabled him to start a graphic design and photography business while developing his own art practice. He went on to complete an MA in Fine Art at Goldsmiths College and continues to work as an artist and commercial photographer, exhibiting internationally and shooting for a verity of clients in the UK and abroad. Browse his work here.

Market traders panel

A panel of six market traders will also judge the photograph, forming 40% of the vote.


The fifteen shortlisted images will be exhibited at Idea Store Bow and featured online on the Roman Road LDN website.

The winner will also receive a free 10-week photography course at the Idea Store, to be used in the following academic year (2018/19).

To enter


Submissions should be emailed to with Then & Now Photography Competition in the subject line.

Entries must be labelled with entrant’s name and a contact phone number.

Entrants can submit up to two photos.

Image files should be a JPEG with a minimum dpi of 300 but file size must be between 1MB and 3MB.

The photographs should be accompanied by about 50 words of text explaining the inspiration behind them.

To be eligible you must be signed up to the Roman Road LDN newsletter.

The deadline for entries is 5pm on Monday 21st May.

Small print

• Entry to the competition implies agreement to have work displayed at the Roman Road Then and Now exhibition at Idea Store Bow as well as on the Roman Road LDN website and the Tower Hamlets Local History Library and Archives.
• Entry to the competition implies agreement any of the shortlisted photograph to form part of a prize for a reader competition that will promote the exhibition.
• All images submitted must be the work of the individual submitting them and must not have been published or have won any other photographic competition.
• It is the responsibility of each entrant to ensure that any images they submit have been taken with the permission of the subject, and do not infringe the copyright of any third party or any law. Entry implies acceptance of these rules.
• Entries that do not comply with the entry rules and requirements may be disqualified.
• Entrants under the age of 12 must have parental permission in order to enter.
• Entrants will retain copyright in the photographs that they submit to Roman Road LDN. By entering the competition all entrants grant Roman Road LDN and Idea Store the right to publish and exhibit their photographs in perpetuity on their respective websites or in any other media including print. No fees will be payable for any of the above uses. Entrants whose photographs are one of the finalists also agree to take part in post-competition publicity. While we make every effort to credit photographers, including in printed reproductions of their work, we cannot guarantee that every use of the photographs will include photographers’ names.
• If the winner is unable to be contacted after reasonable attempts have been made, Roman Road LDN and Idea Store reserves the right to either offer the prize to a runner up or to re-offer the prize in any future competition.



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