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Cover Contest - Edition 5: ELEMENTS

Hopefully you will have seen the big announcement we made before Christmas, we just couldn't hold it in any more! Edition 5 of This Detailed Life magazine is themed ELEMENTS.

Earth, Fire, Air, Water and Spirit. The response to this theme has been wonderful, we love how excited you all are and can't wait to see what you send us for Edition 5!

Want to see your image on the front cover? The Cover Contest for Edition 5 is open NOW!

Cover Contest Submission Deadline: 17th January 2022

Who will be our next cover star?

If your image is chosen you don't just get the glory of being our cover star! You also get:

  1. a full page feature inside

  2. a free copy of the magazine AND

  3. a stunning fine art print of the cover from Folio Albums

Huge thanks to our lovely contest sponsor Folio Albums again for donating the winner's cover print!

And of course, start preparing for general submissions which will open later this month! We will announce it here first so make sure you're on our mailing list to be notified.

We can't wait to see all of your light-filled submissions and to see what our next cover will look like!

Top Tips:

  1. Our cover is always in VERTICAL format so please crop your landscape orientation images.

  2. We need space for text (although we keep this minimal), so we don't want the image to be too busy.

  3. We're looking for something striking which shows off the theme of ELEMENTS.

As always, we're open to any and all interpretations of the overall theme and sub-categories. Here are the examples we picked for our announcement graphic...


Zephyre Hood

Zephy's self portrait, being surrounded by the deep greens of nature is a brilliant embodiment of an Earth Mother. For this category, we're thinking all kinds of nature, dirt, textures...


Julie Hamlin

Julie's image is a perfect example of both the fire between her subjects as well as the colours and of course, that sun flare! Literal or otherwise, we can't wait to see what you submit for FIRE!


Kirsty Larmour

Kirsty's tranquil portrait of her daughter, overlaid with the Indian jewellery is a beautiful depiction of spirit with the soft light and meditative mood.


Jenna Sefkow

Jenna's fun & colourful underwater shot is so striking! We'd love to see lots more underwater work as well as splashes, rain, oceans, bath time...


Melissa Richard

We were definitely thinking drones for this category, or other images taken from the air, but we'd also love some other interpretations for Air. Maybe hair blowing in a breeze or a child soaring on a swing into the sky...

As for the cover, it's going to be a tricky choice. We don't know whether we'll get a single image which represents all of the elements so we may end up making a cover collage for the first time. But we might just find one perfect image which blows us away and deserves the full cover glory representing one of the categories so who knows!

Think you have something eye-catching that could work in VERTICAL format? Hop over to our Facebook page later today and post it in the comments of our pinned contest post (this image below) or post on Instagram using the hashtag #TDLcovercontest5.

You have just over a week to get your entries in!

Full submission T&Cs can be found here. Good Luck!

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