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London Games Festival is a global celebration of the art and culture of video games, hosted annually by Games London. Usually a busy public event that attracts around 100,000 each year, the 2021 festival is a wholly online affair, but that doesn't mean that there is any less to see.


Thank you to everyone who entered their shots in the first London Games Festival Virtual Photo Challenge, the response was great. We received over 1,200 entries and the hashtag generated millions of impressions across social media. Events like this really are only as good as the people that take part, so please enjoy this curated highlights reel that showcases some of the best entries. Just ignore my less-than-natural hosting skills...


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Running from the 19th - 28th March, this year's line-up includes:

  • The LGF Official Selection - a showcase of 40 new and upcoming games presented online via the dedicated Official Selection site where you can explore the full collection of games.

  • The LGF World Stage - broadcasting 80 free shows online including game previews and panels, special launches and documentaries.

  • Ensemble 2020 / 2021 - highlighting BAME (Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic) UK video games talent and championing game developers from a broad spectrum of roles and a wide variety of backgrounds.

  • The BAFTA Game Awards - the annual awards ceremony that honours "outstanding creative achievement" in the video game industry.

  • And of course, the first LGF Virtual Photo Challenge...


With entries now open and closing on the 27th March, the Virtual Photo Challenge invites you to submit your original photo mode captures across three themes including Landscape, Portrait and Abstract.

Interpretation of the categories is entirely up to you, and shots are welcomed from any game on any platform. Just make sure that they are original and not overly edited. A selection of the best shots will be picked out and highlighted at the end of the festival.

To support the launch, I had the privilege to join a panel discussion with renowned TV presenter and host Chris Slight, veteran capture artist Duncan Harris (aka DeadEndThrills), and the talented Cristiano Bonora, creator of

Check out the video below to hear our chat about the history of virtual photography, and how you can get started if you'd like to get involved in the challenge.

You can find all the details of the challenge below, best of luck and I can't wait to see your submissions...


LGF Virtual Photo Challenge Info:

To take part, submit your entries on twitter or Instagram using the hashtag below:

  • Entries close 27th March 23:59 GMT

  • Category themes: Landscape, Portrait & Abstract

  • Open to all territories

  • Enter as many shots as you like from from any game or platform

  • Minor edits are allowed for optimisation but should avoid overly edited shots & digital art creations.

  • A judging panel of Mik Bromley, Duncan Harris & Cristiano Bonora will pick out their favourite entries to be highlighted at the end of the festival.

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