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Pub Life

When it comes to Britain’s pubs, the BBPA encourages everyone to celebrate this great British institution. Never more so than in May of 2011 when the Association ran a national photography competition, ‘Pub Life’, looking for shots that captured the essence of Britain’s locals. Pub Life culminated in an exhibition at the unique gallery space in the Old Truman Brewery, Brick Lane, London.


Pub Life’s aim was to encourage a celebration of the heritage, history, and modern cultural relevance of the pub, and its central role in the nation’s social life. Competition entries were in six different categories, reflecting the diversity of the modern pub. While the overall winning photo captured a classic image, the modern pub was strongly represented.


The response from, the public showed how important pubs remain. Entries from photographers, pubgoers, and the wider public flooded in, and the result was a stunning collection of pub photographs. The pictures, superbly curated by the BPPA’s partners, Idea Generation, were seen by over 2,000 people in just one week in London.


Events around the exhibition included a private view and a pub quiz in the gallery. The BBPA team of course defeated all comers, but generously gave their prizes to runners up - Quizteam Aguilera. There were also media interviews on the competition itself, with media outlets running several of the winning images.


BBPA Chief Executive Brigid Simmonds captured the essence of the campaign: “Great photographs are all about people, and there is no better place to capture this than in the Great British pub - where bringing people together, enjoying the company of others, good conversation, and of course a wonderful glass of beer, have produced some truly great photos.”