100 years of Housing Photography Competition

This year marks 100 years since the Housing and Town Planning Act 1919 gave councils the power and funding to build homes, introducing council housing as we know it. We’re celebrating 100 years of council housing in Camden with a photography competition.

We’re looking for old and new photos that tell your story of council homes in the borough. So have a look through family albums, or get snapping out and about in Camden.


Bourne Estate
Bourne Estate 

There are three categories:

  • Bricks and mortar: There are 33,000 council homes in Camden, from brand new to 200 years old – get snapping the buildings that mean the most to you.
  • Home: Send us a photo capturing what makes your council house home.
  • Then and now: Compare photos of your estate or neighbourhood in days gone by to photos of the same area now to show how Camden has changed.

The competition is open to anyone who lives in Camden. There will be winners in two age groups: young photographers (under 18s) and adults (18 and over).

Maiden Lane
Maiden Lane (c) Vivienne Lewis

The prizes
Winners will receive a large framed print of their photograph and have their photo featured in the Camden magazine and the virtual Camden People’s Museum. The museum will celebrate the people of Camden with stories, images, archive material, artwork and performance. Find out more about Camden Alive.
The best photos will also be displayed at an exhibition in Camden.

How to enter
Send your competition entries to housingnews@camden.gov.uk or post hard copies to Housing News, FREEPOST LBC MAILROOM by Sunday 24 November.

Include your name, a contact phone number or email and a caption of under 50 words.

If there are people in your photo you will need to make sure you have their written permission for the photo to be used – download this consent form and either fill it out and send by email with your photo, or print out and send a hard copy in the post.

Unfortunately we won’t be able to return hard copies of photos, so if it’s your only copy, take a photo with your phone or scan it to email it to us.

Find out more and read full terms and conditions.