Epic Awards

The Epic Awards shine a spotlight on the achievements of creative groups across the UK and Republic of Ireland each year.

The 2020 Epic Awards closed for applications on 14 June 2020. This year, a diversity of inspiring groups and projects were awarded at our first virtual ceremony on Thursday 22 October. Discover the stories of each winner. Read more in our press release.

Each year, shortlisted entries are put forward for the highly coveted People's Choice Award while winners and runners-up from each of the four main categories (England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales) are selected by our panel of judges.

The Epic Awards are an annual chance for your creative group or project to be recognised for the incredible work you've done over the past year. 

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Roscommon Solstice Choir - BBC Breakfast

2017 People's Choice Award winners Roscommon Solstice Choir celebrating their win on BBC One's Breakfast show

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Established in 2018 Stirling Photography Festival’s mission is to develop skills, create opportunities and build relationships within its community. In 2019, the volunteer team grew from 6 to 13, encouraging the organisers to establish the festival as an annual event. They worked with Stirling Council to run a successful Crowdfunder and secured support from funders, venues, the University of Stirling and several local businesses and photographers.

Following feedback from 2018 participants, they extended the run of the festival to throughout August, running 24 events led by 26 photographers. They closed the festival with a public exhibition, showing 149 images from 86 exhibitors from across the world. Images were showcased across Stirling’s cultural hubs and in local coffee shops, while creative partnerships were forged with photographers and galleries in other cities.

"Stirling Photography Festival is truly volunteer-led,” says co-founder Janie Meikle Bland. “Our volunteers create the festival around their passions, interests and skills, so building an exciting festival programme. “Our team is very diverse, ranging from high school students to young executives, university students to retired professionals; they come from Scotland, Ireland, Canada and Germany – all adding to the diversity and inclusivity of our programme. The one thing we all share is a passion and an ambition for Stirling and to create a fun, inclusive and accessible festival.”


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