Tupper’s Tips: How to Win a Photography Competition

With a certain important annual competition coming up, here’s a few tips from Frui’s head of photography about how to pick the winning images from your collection.

1. Read the brief

Make sure your picture fits the brief or title of the category. If it’s in the wrong category otherwise it doesn’t matter how good it is as an image.

2. Check out the previous winners.

Most competitions have a certain ‘house style’. By looking at the winners from the previous years you can get an idea for the kind of thing the judges will be looking for. Do they require all the photos to be technically perfect? Do they want classically ‘pretty’ images or more gritty, thought provoking ones?

3. Get other opinions

It’s hard to see your own work objectively. Ultimately it’s your art and you should trust your own judgement, but sometimes when selecting images it’s helpful to get an outside perspective.

4. Bribe the judges

Only joking. Frui’s judges are of the utmost integrity.

Entries for the Frui Awards 2017 close on 1st November. See the previous blog post for more details.

See last year’s winners here:

Awards Party 2017

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It’s awards season and we’re going to be giving away bumper prizes to the best photographs and paintings that you’ve made on our 2016 or 2017 holidays!

As always this is going to be a fun afternoon- it’s a chance to have a glass of wine (on us) and catch up with other past guests and tutors. We’ll also be showing off your wonderful works of art and fabulous photos throughout, and of course announcing the winners of the competition!

The overall winner of the night will win 50% off their next Frui holiday!

The winners of each category will receive either a framed print of their winning photograph or a bottle of bubbly for the painters.

Photography categories

  • Into the Wilderness
  • Personal Connection
  • Urban Adventure
  • Your Favourite Shot
  • Painting categories

  • Distinctive drawings
  • Creative colour
  • Beautiful brushwork
  • Personal favorite
  • When & Where

    Saturday 11 November from 3 – 6pm

    The Water Poet (pub)
    9-11 Folgate Street
    London E1 6BX
    Hubble Room, The downstairs bar
    At the Astronomer pub, 125-129 Middlesex Street,

    London, E1 7JF

    Terms & Conditions

  • All photos to be submitted to hello@frui.co.uk by 1st November
  • Drawings and paintings should be sent as digital photos or scans to the same address
  • All entries must have been made on a 2016 or 2017 Frui holiday or weekender
  • Each person can only submit one entry per category
  • Please submit images with a title, the category you wish to enter, your name, holiday location and date
  • All images must be between 2 – 10 MB
  • The competition is now open to all past Frui guests- you don’t need to attend the party to be in with a chance
  • … we’d still love to see you there of course. Please RSVP if you’re planning to come
  • Spanish Summer Art Camp


    Art Camp in Spain, 5 – 12 August 2017

    £1799 per person.


    Join Frui on the Art Camp in Spain where you can have a go at painting, drawing, photography and even try your hand at a bit of traditional Spanish cooking, all in one week. There will also be lots of opportunities to relax in the summer sunshine.

    Based in an ‘eco-chic’ hideaway surrounded by spectacular 360 degree views of the Alto Planos, one thousand meters above sea level, Cortijada Los Gázquez is an ‘off-grid’ destination for creatively minded travellers high in the mountains of Andalucia.

    In the heart of the Parque Natural Sierra Maria-Los Velez, Europe’s most dramatic alpine desert, this guesthouse is surrounded by areas of extreme natural beauty, profound peace and tranquillity and awe inspiring wilderness. But ‘remote’ and ‘eco’ doesn’t mean basic. Quite the opposite, in fact. Here every en-suite bedroom has been exquisitely designed and furnished, blending the traditional and modern.

    Here is an outline of the itinerary:

    Day 1 Sat 5th August

    Arrive at Alicante airport etc. Easyjet do Granada these days. arrive at Los Gázquez. Home made traditional paella.

    Day 2 Sun 6th August

    AM. Tapas workshop and simultaneous food photography workshop.
    PM. Photography assessment from the morning workshop and recipe giving.

    Day 3 Mon 7th August

    AM. Photography field trip to El Altiplano, Spain’s high altitude desert landscape. Asador lunch in local restaurant, local provenance food.(€15 per head).
    PM. Photography criticism from the mornings field trip before supper.

    Day 4 Tue 8th August

    AM. Studio workshop, ‘Confidence in Drawing’ overcoming the main obstacle in art making, confidence. Lunch.
    PM. Tagine workshop, ‘cooking with wood fire’ and simultaneous photography workshop. (learning exposures using the fire!?!?!).

    Day 5 Wed 9th August

    AM. Photography field trip to the historic town of Vélez Blanco. Visit Spain’s first Renaissance castle and the ‘pueblo blanco’ of Vélez Blanco and it’s market day. Lunch at a local restaurant (€15 per head).
    PM. Studio workshop. ‘Fundamentals of colour’ how to paint using subtle and beautiful colour. Criticism of the mornings photography field trip. Supper.

    Day 6 Thurs 10th August

    AM. Traditional food of Almería workshop. Cheese making. Lunch.
    PM. Studio workshop. Composition, how to grab attention with strong principles of composition. Photography and painting/drawing. Supper.
    NIGHT PHOTOGRAPHY. In southern Spain at this period we have the ‘Lagrimas de San Lorezo’, a spectacular meteor shower…

    Day 7 Friday 11th August

    AM. Studio Painting still life/portraiture or landscape or photo excursion on foot with your host Simon back through sedimentary time in the cool recesses of local canyons.
    PM. Assessment of the mornings photography / painting Spectacular final supper.

    Day 8 Saturday 12th August

    Leave for Alicante.

    As it’s hot this is based on a 9am breakfast, 10.00 start til lunch at 14.00 siestas then start again around 14.30 until drinks at the spectacular sunset followed by supper around 21.30 under the stars.

    Simon’s Barcelona Break

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    Barcelona trip, 17 – 20 August 2017

    £650 per person.


    Join Frui lead photography tutor Simon and his partner, Barcelona native Alba, on this summer escape to one of Europe’s best loved cities. On this four day tour we’ll take in some of the Catalan capital’s most iconic architecture, it’s vibrant backstreets and even it’s best and most colourful street festival. Along the way, Simon will be on hand to teach and inspire you to capture all of this with your camera, while Alba’s local knowledge will take us away from the tourist traps and into the backstreets, cafés and restaurants that serve the best of the region’s delicious food and drink.

    Day 1 Thursday 17th

    Arriving around lunchtime, we transfer to our hotel in the city centre to check in and freshen up, before heading to El Born in Barcelona’s old town.

    We’ll take a seat on a terrace for a cold glass of locally produced vermut, an introduction to the holiday and a brief photography lesson. Then it’s off to wander the beautiful alleyways of El Born and the Gothic Quarter, finishing with a pre- dinner drink in Els Quatre Gats tavern, a bohemian hangout frequented by artists such as Picasso at the end of the nineteenth century.

    Day 2 Friday 18th

    After breakfast and a quick photography lesson, we head to Park Guell to practice our photography skills amongst of the crazy creations of Barcelona’s most famous architect, Antoni Gaudi.

    Lunch of tasty local tapas and back to the hotel for a rest.

    After a lesson on how to photograph in changing light, we head to the Gracia neighbourhood to take in the festival by day. Festa de Gracia is considered to be Barcelona’s best and most welcoming festival. The streets and plazas of the neighbourhood are a riot of colour as the residents of each street try to outdo each other with handmade decorations.

    We’ll head for an early dinner nearby before walking back to the festival for dusk. This is when the streets really come alive as the decorations are lit up and visitors flock from all over the city to soak up the atmosphere. It’s also when we’ll get the best photos!

    Day 3 Saturday 19th

    This morning is all about street photography, and our inspiration will be the eclectic neighbourhood of Raval. This vibrant district is known for its street art and multiculturalism which, together with its enormous indoor market La Boqueria, will provide plenty of characterful subject matter.
    After a delicious local lunch in another of Alba’s favourite café’s, we’ll take taxis to Montjuic Cemetery. Occupying a hillside overlooking the city, this atmospheric area consists of alleyways of tombs built into the walls.

    Back in the city we’ll sit down for a look at the day’s images and another mouthwatering Spanish meal.

    Depending on availability, there may be an opportunity to watch a rooftop concert.

    Day 4 Sunday 20th

    Saving Barcelona’s most iconic and spectacular sight for last, this morning we visit Guadi’s masterpiece, the Basilica de la Sagrada Familia. This towering, psychedelic cathedral is mind- blowing to look at and the multi-coloured light and twisting shapes of the interior make great subjects for photography.

    We’ll have plenty of time for a final leisurely lunch and some shopping or more street photography, before transferring back to the airport for the flight home.

    Hotel: Hotel Praktik Bakery.
    This boutique hotel, situated above a bakery, makes a perfect base for our activities in the city. Rooms are comfortable and airy with air conditioning and windows looking over the city.

    Recommended flights:

    17th August
    LGW 09:45- 12:55 BCN

    20th August
    BCN 18:55- 20:15 LGW

    James’ June France Special

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    Frui Director James is heading down to sunny Cabris again this June, a place very close to his heart and where some of his family live.

    We invite all Frusters, new and old, to join James on his Summer jolly!

    Here are the details…

    22-26 June 2017, Cabris, France.
    Total price: £950.

    Day 1 – Thursday

    Arrive from London to Nice airport

 Lunch and a walk around the Artist town of Mougins

    Check into hotel or private villa

    Walk around our Picturesque town of Cabirs (amazing views over the Mediterranean!)

    Dinner at the L’atelier

    Day 2 – Friday

    A walk about the old port of Antibes

    Lunch on the beach

    A walk around the historic perfume making town of Grasse

    Back to Cabirs for a relax, swim and tutorials

    Dinner in the de la Chevre d’Or

    Day 3 – Saturday

    Morning walk around the food market in Saint Vallier

    A dive down the most picturesque town of Gordon

    Photographing the Gorges Du Loop, a river canyon that is often considered to be one of Europe’s most beautiful!

    A look around the beautiful medieval hill-top town of Torretts

    Dinner in the L’Auberge du Vieux Chateau

    Day 4 – Sunday

    Relaxing morning swim

    Explore old town Cannes

    Lunch in the market

    Drawing lesson on the beach, underwater photography lesson?

    Dinner in the hotel.

    Day 5 – Monday

    Relaxing morning breakfast

    Drive down to the lakes

    Lunch somewhere nice, Iʼve not work it out yet!

    Transfer to airport

    What’s included

    4 nights en suite accommodation in your own room

    Expert tutors for the duration of the trip (kind of…)

    The amazing company of James

    All transfers in planned itinerary (excluding flights)

    What’s not included


    Meals and Alcohol

    Personal travel insurance

    Tips (Optional)

    To book, please contact us at Frui HQ on 0208 1234 559, or at hello@frui.co.uk.

    Instagram Competition!

    Frui are running a Street Photography Competition on the theme ‘People and their Environment’.

    Please post your entries on Instagram by 31 March 2017, with the hashtag #fruigram, and ‘People and their Environment’ in your text, to be considered.

    The winner will receive a free place on a Frui photography course of their choice!

    Happy snapping.


    Joe’s Figure Painting Show

    Our amazingly talented painting tutor Joe Simpson is showcasing some of his work at his inspiring Figure Painting Show in London.

    His exhibition of oil paintings of toys & action figures at The Old Truman Brewery, Brick Lane, London.

    LIMITED ADDITION PRINTS 10% DISCOUNT FOR ALL FRUSTERS! Please use the discount code ‘frui’ on his online shop here for a 10% discount on any art you want to buy.

    Check out his website here.

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    New Photography Holiday to Japan this October!


    Frui is very excited about our new holiday to Japan!

    Japan is a land of contrasts from the nerd central of to the bustling fish markets in Tokyo, there is no better location for a photography holiday.

    On this 10 day trip we plan to cover all the exciting locations in Tokyo, the beautiful landscape around the Ryokan lakes (where will have a chance to go to a traditional Sake a factory), followed by the beautiful and picturesque city of Kyoto.

    It promises to be an unforgettable trip, led by chief photography tutor Simon Tupper and our tutor Louis Young who lived in Tokyo for two years and knows all the secret spots.

    As this trip is proving to be so popular that we are asking for a £200 deposit to reserve your place. We will then require the rest of the deposit in two months time.

    Hope you can make it on this unforgettable trip.

    Day 1  - Arrive and check into Hotel Daikanyama, traditional dinner and intro.

    Day 2  - Morning in Yanaka old city to see the traditional wooden houses, old grave yard and Askakusa temple.

    Evening shoot of the famous Shibuya evening lights. Bar crawl in the Nonbei are in Yokocho.

    Day 3 –  Shoot the Shinjuku gaming area. Afternoon in the Harajuku district famous for the counter culture and cos play. Tour of Yoyogi Par.

    Day 4 –  Early morning shoot at the fish market Tsukiji. Afternoon at Akihabara, the nerd centre of the world!

    Day 5 –  Train to Hakone,  Stay in Ryokan, a traditional guests house. Walk tour of the area.

    Day 6 –  Shooting Mount Fuji landscapes and afternoon Hakoneyama sake brewery.

    Day 7 –  Bullet train to Kyoto, check into hotel. Tour of the Minshuku area, see the Kurama-dera temple.

    Day 8  - Shoot in the Fushimi Inari-Taisha, endless arcades of vermilion torii (shrine gates) Afternoon at Nishiki Market to see the weird and wonderful foods.

    Day 9 –  Early morning shoot of the endless and amazing Arashiyama Bamboo Grove. Afternoon Bullet train back to Tokyo for last dinner in Michelin stared restaurant.

    Day 10 – Morning relax and then transfer to the airport.

    Click the button below to hold your place:

    Frui Valentines Offers… MMMWWAAAA

    For a truly original valentines gift, take your loved one on a romantic night photography course, a landscape photography course, or a weekender, for half price!

    Look on our website and take your pick, then email courses@frui.co.uk to take advantage of the offer, quoting ‘valentines’ in your email.

    Offer expires on 14 February.


    Frui’s Black Friday Offers

    Black Friday

    What is Black Friday?

    Nobody seems to know, but everyone’s doing it!

    One thing’s for sure, you’re more likely to die in a Black Friday sale than a shark attack!

    So why not buy from the comfort of your own home and go Black Friday crazy with our Frui sale…

    Terms & conditions:

    The sale will run until 10am on Monday 28th November.

    Black Friday purchases cannot be used in conjunction with any other deal or discount.

    Black Friday sale prices cannot be respectively added to pre-existing orders.

    Vouchers will be posted 1st class and you will receive them within 2-3 working days.


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