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Shakespeare Lives in photography

Shakespeare Lives in photography was an opportunity for photographers to present Shakespeare's global influence in a modern and refreshing way.

The competition run by the British Council produced 11 winners, who chose to creatively reference scenes from a Shakespeare play, his influence on literature or capture a famous Shakespearean location.

Take a look at the winning photography. Do you have a favourite?

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Puck by Anneleen Lindsay ©

Puck by Anneleen Lindsay ©

A Midsummer Night's Dream by Anne Corrance Monk. ©

A Midsummer Night's Dream by Anne Corrance Monk. ©

Over 200 entries were submitted, showcasing the diverse impact Shakespeare has on the world.

Off with his head! - (Act III, Scene IV) King Richard III by Nicola Davison-Reed ©

Off with his head! - (Act III, Scene IV) King Richard III by Nicola Davison-Reed ©

Love, a madness most discreet by Aleksandra Vukasinovic ©

Love, a madness most discreet by Aleksandra Vukasinovic ©

Alas, poor Yorick by Zoya Ignatova ©

Alas, poor Yorick by Zoya Ignatova ©

The entries ranged from unique stage adaptations to conceptualised photography.

Schaubuhne am Lehniner Platz theatre (Berlin) perform Hamlet in Moscow in 2010. Photo by Sergey Petrov. ©

Schaubuhne am Lehniner Platz theater (Berlin) perform Hamlet in Moscow in 2010. Photo by Sergey Petrov. ©

Many flowers are not flowers any more by Milana Videnov ©

Many flowers are not flowers any more by Milana Videnov ©

The winning photographers were selected by a panel of judges consisting of experts from various artistic disciplines.

The Best Pies in London by Abi Zakarian, Shakespeare in Shoreditch Festival (2014) Photo Camila Greenwell ©

The Best Pies in London by Abi Zakarian, Shakespeare in Shoreditch Festival (2014) Photo Camila Greenwell ©

Sakha Theatre (Russia) perform Macbeth in Moscow in 2009. Photo by Sergey Petrov. ©

Sakha Theatre (Russia) perform Macbeth in Moscow in 2009. Photo by Sergey Petrov. ©

Shakespeare Lives is

a global programme of events and activities celebrating Shakespeare's work on the occasion of the 400th anniversary of his death.

Throughout 2016, the programme will explore the playwright in cultures, engaging audiences with both William Shakespeare and the best of contemporary Britain.

A special exhibition hosted at the British Council in central London will feature the works of the winning photographers.

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Get involved

Get involved with Shakespeare Lives through our competitions, events and activities.

For more photography and artwork visit the British Council's Visual Arts website.

The Sam Wanamaker Festival 2015 at Shakespeare's Globe. After performing short duologues by Shakespeare and his contemporaries, the students join together for one mighty final jig. Photo by Cesare De Giglio ©

The Sam Wanamaker Festival 2015 at Shakespeare's Globe. After performing short duologues by Shakespeare and his contemporaries, the students join together for one mighty final jig. Photo by Cesare De Giglio ©