CPT launches industry photo competition

To celebrate the coach and bus industry, the Confederation of Passenger Transport (CPT) has launched a photo competition for 2020.

The competition is designed to capture on camera the rich diversity of the industry, the vehicles and people that work in it and the features that make it up.

With an extra special focus on wanting to celebrate the people who make the coach and bus world tick, there is a special award for the best photograph of people working in the industry.

The competition is open until December 2020 with a top prize of £1,000 for the overall winner alongside hundreds of pounds in holiday and shopping vouchers also to be won. Monthly winners will be published in routeone alongside notable entries.

CPT Chief Executive Graham Vidler says: “I’m delighted to be launching this competition. There are some great stories in our industry that can be told with a photograph and I look forward to seeing all the entries.”

CPT Photo Competition: How to Enter

Entries should be sent by email to: cptphotocomp@cpt-uk.org or by post to:

CPT Photo Competition 2020
Fifth Floor Chancery House
53-64 Chancery Lane

Please name your image file accordingly to ensure your entry is considered:

  • Title of image, your full name, county you live in. For example: Man cleaning a double-decker by John Evans, Derbyshire.

Please include a note with:

  • Your full name
  • Address including postcode
  • CPT membership number (if you are a CPT member).

If posting, please send prints or a USB stick with pictures in JPEG or TIFF format

The end of year prizes 

  • Overall winner: £1000 cash
  • Best vehicle: £500 of holiday vouchers
  • A working industry: £500 of holiday vouchers
  • Best operator entry: Prize to be confirmed.

Monthly winners and notable entries will also be published in routeone.

The judging panel

The judging panel will include of CPT Chief Executive Graham Vidler, CPT External Relations Manager Tom Bartošák-Harlow and a professional photographer.


The competition opens on 4 December 2019. A monthly winner will be announced in routeone throughout 2020.

Deadline for entries each month is 1200hrs on the 20th day of each month (first deadline being 20 January 2020). Entries submitted after this time will be entered for the following month. The final deadline to submit entries is 20 December 2020. Winners will be announced during January 2021 in routeone.

CPT Photo Competition

Digital manipulation

You may use digital manipulation to optimise an image. You may crop an image, but you are not permitted to add or remove key elements of the composition for this competition. Images can be sharpened before printing.

Manipulations which could realistically be achieved in a darkroom will be accepted but the judges have the discretion to reject any image which has been, in their opinion, over-manipulated.

Composite or montaged images from more than one original image are ineligible. This includes images shot at different exposures/dynamic ranges and combined. Images stitched to form a panoramic image will be accepted provided that the entrant declares that the final image has been produced in this way.

Multiple exposure ‘in camera’ is permitted. Entrants who are shortlisted will be required to provide the original image file (RAW or JPEG) along with the print and high-resolution version of their image for final judging.

Terms and Conditions

The promoter is Confederation of Passenger Transport UK Ltd (company number 1182437), Fifth Floor Chancery House, Chancery Lane, London WC1A 2QS.

The competition is open to all including professional photographers.

All entrants must be aged 18 or over.

Digital and print images will be accepted. Digital should be a minimum of 1800×1200 pixels in JPEG or TIFF format. Prints should be a minimum of 7x5in.

Photographs should be new (not published previously) and have been taken in the UK.
Entrants must not enter someone else’s images as their own.

Image copyright will remain with the photographer. CPT will retain the right to use the images royalty-free in its publications, publicity material and digitally, such as in email newsletters, in social media and on websites. The photographer will be credited when possible.

There will be monthly winners throughout the year in addition to the end of year prizes. They will be judged by CPT’s External Relations and Policy teams. Their decision will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.

It will not be possible to return entries.

Details about the winners and their entries will be used by CPT for promotional purposes. Those could include, but not be limited to, job title, company and details of the photograph.

No cash alternatives are available instead of the stated prizes.

CPT staff, their partners and families can enter, but they will not be eligible to receive prizes.

By entering the competition you are consenting to CPT using your personal information in promotional material relevant only to the competition and to contact you in relation to the competition. Your information will not be shared with third parties. CPT’s privacy policy is at www.cpt-uk.org/_uploads/attachment/4544.pdf