Supernatural Magazine

SPR’s Paranormal Review Photo Competition

The Competition

How to capture the paranormal? We have all seen photographs, from the Brown Lady of Raynham Hall to orbs, that claim to show evidence of a spirit world. But no matter how compelling the image, no photograph has convinced the earthly world that anything exists beyond it. Could it ever?

The focus of the competition is on photography rather than evidentiality. It is not about proving the paranormal, but about ways to represent the idea of the paranormal. This covers many different genres of photography, such as documentary, visual art and even travel, for example. Subjects could include paranormal investigations, parapsychology experiments, people involved with the paranormal, or places associated with the paranormal. The judges will be looking for a strong image that best conveys the ‘spirit’ of the paranormal.

Send up to 3 images by 31 May 2017 to the Editor at

The Prize

Crush it, drop it, freeze, throw it in water, the new Olympus Tough TG-Tracker just keeps on taking great photographs or Ultra HD 4k video. TG-Tracker is waterproof to 100 ft (30 m), crushproof up to 220 lbf (100 kgf), shockproof from 7 ft (2.1 m), freezeproof to 14°F (-10°C), and dustproof. (Note: crushproof and shockproof ratings are with the tilt-out LCD monitor closed.) The TG-Tracker has a bright f2 lens with a 204° field of view – great for capturing dimly-light interiors during paranormal investigations. Built-in GPS, compass, acceleration sensor, barometer and thermometer also track all the action in recorded data logs. But that is not all, you can also count on 5-axis image stabilization, onboard Wi-Fi, and a built-in high-intensity headlight. Plus: see your photograph on the cover of the Paranormal Review.



The Panel

DR ANDREAS FISCHER Curator of Photographs at the Institut für Grenzgebiete der Psychologie und Psychohygiene in Freiburg, Germany, and co-author of The Perfect Medium: Photography and the Occult (2005).

DR MICHAEL PRITCHARD, FRPS Chief Executive of the Royal Photographic Society and a researcher of photographic history and technology with over twenty years’ experience as a photographic specialist for Christie’s.

DR TOM RUFFLES, ARPS Author of Ghost Images: Cinema ofthe Afterlife (2004) and a member of the SPR’s Council.

DR LEO RUICKBIE Editor of the Paranormal Review and photographer whose work has appeared extensively in the magazine; clients have included the French Tourist Board.

SHANNON TAGGART Photographer, Artist and Scholar in Residence at the Morbid Anatomy Museum, New York.

DR MELVYN WILLIN The SPR’s archivist, Council member, and author of Ghosts Caught on Film (2007), The Paranormal Caught on Film (2008) and The Best ofGhosts Caught on Film (2012).

Terms and Conditions

1. The competition is open to members and non-members of The Society for Psychical Research (The Society).

2. Entrants should email images to the Editor at, large files can be sent via, but no other transfer services are allowed.

3. No entry fee is payable to enter.

4. Entries must reflect the theme of the competition to be eligible.

5. Entrants may submit up to 3 digital images.

6. Images must be the sole work of the entrant (strictly no collaborations).

7. Images may be manipulated using photoediting software.

8. Digital files should not have the photographer’s name in the title, or they may be disqualified.

9. The Editor reserves the right to reject any entry/image at his discretion. This may involve the photographer having to provide the original image to the Editor to check its authenticity.

10. Shortlisted images must be available at a sufficiently high resolution for printing. This should be taken into consideration when submitting images to the competition.

11. The competition will close for shortlisting at midnight GMT on Wednesday, 31 May 2017.

12. The Editor reserves the right to withdraw a selected image if the print quality is below the standard required (see 10).

13. There will be 1 winner and 2 runners-up.

14. First prize will be 1 Olympus Tough TGTracker camera plus publication on the cover of the magazine; runners-up and their entries will be featured in the magazine.

15. No individual assessments are available and the judges’ decision is final.

16. Shortlisted images may be displayed on the SPR website and social media.

17. The Society may hold and process all personal information which is supplied, in relation to The Society or the competition.

18. The Society will not pass on email addresses or personal data to any third party.

19. It is assumed that by entering the competition, you agree to receive emails from the Editor and/or The Society. If you do not agree, then you should not enter.

20. The original image(s) must have been taken using a photographic process.

21. The images entered into the competition must not infringe any copyright or other intellectual property right of any third party.

22. The entrant indemnifies the Editor and The Society against any claims arising from the infringement of any copyright or other intellectual property rights of any third party.

23. The copyright of all entries remains with the photographer.

24. The photographer will be credited if the image is used by The Society.

25. The Society reserves the right to reproduce, without payment, any images for publicity and promotion purposes in connection with the competition and The Society’s activities, including within The Society’s print publications, website and social media.

26. Submission of any entry to the Paranormal Review Photography Competition implies acceptance of these Terms and Conditions.

Leo Ruickbie

Leo Ruickbie

Dr Leo Ruickbie specializes in controversial areas of human belief and experience. An elected member of the Royal Historical Society with a PhD from King’s College, London, he is the author of six books on the history and sociology of witchcraft, magic and the supernatural. His work has been mentioned in the media from The Guardian to Radio Jamaica, and is cited in the current student book for A-Level Sociology in the UK. He is the editor of the Paranormal Review, the magazine of the Society for Psychical Research, and can be found at