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
  • 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.




    Oman, a land of sweeping deserts, mountains and mosques, colourful markets and beautiful beaches. Our latest Frui 7 day trip to Oman promises to take in all of this and more.

    Boasting a traditional past (think Arabian Knights and frankincense) and a highly educated future, for visitors, this offers a rare chance to engage with the Arab world without the distorting lens of excessive wealth.

    Relatively still undiscovered and on the rise, Oman is surely on the ‘must see’ list of places to go. Join us on our adventure into the sands for the photography trip of a lifetime.

    To register your interest and get the first chance of booking, please email hello@frui.co.uk

    Sexy New Frui Brochure for 2017/2018

    We’ve gone and launched our first ever sexy Frui brochure! It’s packed with gorgeous maps, delicious images from our trips around the world, some mug shots of us at Frui HQ, and a useful reference guide at the back with all our future trips, so you never have an excuse to miss one.

    A bunch of them have already gone out to our loyal Frusters, but if you fancy a copy, please email us at hello@frui.co.uk, and we’ll send one whooshing your way!

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