A Monthly Film Photography Contest with Great Prizes!

C41 Coffee is hosting an exciting new contest for film photographers, beginning March 2021. There is a steadily growing community of film photographers of all ages. This is wonderful, because we love film! There is nothing quite like the aesthetic of film, with its unique colours, natural grain and ever varying results. There is a vast pallet of films available in many formats to choose from, in both black and white, and colour. Shooting film is an art form which requires patience, contemplation, practice and skill. This contest will offer film photographers the chance to show their work, develop their skills, and challenge themselves — and connect with the film community in a fun and encouraging environment. 

The Contest

The theme will be announced at the beginning of each month, and the submission process will be open for 4 weeks

C41 Coffee Shop and its contest coordinators will select a maximum of 12 photos from the submissions.


These 12 photos will be printed and displayed in the C41 Coffee Shop for in-store voting for a period of 4 weeks. Customers will be encouraged to vote on their favourite photo by dropping their voting ballot in the ballot box at the C41 Coffee Shop. 


Customers can vote for one (1) photo only, per month. Covid-safe protocols will be in place. Please encourage your friends and colleagues to come by to vote and enjoy a C41 Coffee!

At the end of the voting period, the ballots will be counted and the winners announced! The winners will be announced on Instagram and contacted by email and/or phone, and prizes will be awarded.


At the end of 12 months (the Contest's 1st Year) the winning photographers from each month will be collected and entered in a Grand Prize Draw, with 1st, 2nd & 3rd prize winners!

Announcing our Monthly Prizes!*

- All 12 selected Photographers: C41 Special Blend Coffee Beans + their professionally printed photograph

- Plus Pallet Coffee Beans for the 1st, 2nd, 3rd Prize Winners

- Plus 2 x Rolls of Film for the 1st Prize Winner & entry into the Grand Prize Draw!

*International Winners: prizes may be subject to International shipping regulations. In event a prize, or part thereof, cannot be shipped, another prize of equal value will be awarded.

And thank you to the PrintMaker for our archival prints!

Announcing July's theme: “The Portrait”

This month, we’re exploring the theme of portraiture. From classical traditional portraiture (Ooh! Tintypes!) to modern creative portraits. This can include self-portraits too! 

Maybe you love the precision, technical portrait artistry of Yousef Karsh, or perhaps you love the brilliant, fun and creative style of Cindy Sherman, or the daring, modern  portraits of Tyler Shields!

Show us your best, most creative portraits, shot on film. Creativity and style is key for this month’s theme! Have fun! Get your friends in front of the camera! (Or yourself).

Contest is open for 4 weeks – submission deadline: Thursday, July 29th, at midnight

Submissions Guidelines


All photo submissions must adhere to the following guidelines:

  • FILM SUBMISSIONS ONLY. All submissions must be shot on film. No digital images will be accepted.

  • Film images must not be altered (photoshopped) beyond normal, reasonable or necessary editing adjustments. Spot/dust removal, and adjustments to levels, as well as colour correction is ok. Any submissions that are obviously photoshopped will be removed.

  • Carefully choose your photo that best suits the monthly theme.

  • Only one (1) photo submission per person, per month will be allowed.

  • Late entries will not be accepted.

  • High Resolution: 300 ppi

  • Minimum Pixel Dimensions: 2400 x 3000 (required for a professional 8 x 10” print)

  • Make sure your film scans are converted to JPEGs with sRGB profile

  • Maximum image file size 20MB

  • JPEG (.jpg) File types only

  • Image filename must contain photographer’s first and last name, and the date.
    Example: “JaneDoe_March_2021.jpg”


  • Submission Info & Contact Details: When uploading your photo, include a Word doc or PDF with the following info:  
    Your Full Name, Email, Telephone Number, Instagram Handle, Title of Your Photograph, Film Type, Camera Type and Developing Details (Home developed or Lab) and a paragraph about your photograph.

    Note: Your contact details will be used only to contact you for the purpose of this contest, and will not be shared with anyone. 


  • IMPORTANT: Images should be family friendly for public display. No graphic images please.

  • Only images that are relevant to the monthly theme will be considered for selection.

  • Submit only images that belong to you. Do not submit images taken by someone else. Images in violation of copyright will be removed.

  • Photos can be in colour or black and white.

  • Have fun! Talk about your photography with your friends and loved ones while enjoying coffee and donuts at C41 Coffee Shop.

If you're ready... submit your photo & info doc/pdf!

By entering this contest, you agree to the terms and conditions.

Legal Disclaimer 

Copyright and rights usage/management:

All photographers submitting their work to this contest shall retain full copyright of their images. By entering this contest, you also agree to grant C41 Coffee and its agents, contest administrators, partners and sponsors to reproduce, print physical copies and/ or digital copies, including derivatives of your submitted images, for the purpose of promoting this photography contest, and for public display, both online in social media, and in store.


You agree that the images you upload to C41 Coffee for the purpose of this contest are your own intellectual content (intellectual property) and that you are the original copyright holder/owner of the images.


You agree that C41 Coffee, its agents, contest administrators, partners and sponsors will not be held legally responsible for violation of intellectual copyright laws, and you agree that any such unauthorized images shall be removed. Anyone knowingly submitting images that are in violation of copyright will be permanently banned from this competition.


By entering this contest, your contact information will not shared with anyone, and only used for the purpose of contacting you when necessary for this contest.