The Announcement of the Award of the 2013 Tithe Grant was made at the Annual General Meeting of the Blake Society on the 17 January 2014 held at Waterstones Bookshop in Piccadilly, London.

The winner is Douglas A. Yates.  On his website he writes: I‘m a photographer and writer who watches water freeze in Alaska.

To find out more about Douglas and see examples of his work in photography, please visit his website

Douglas A. Yates

The photographer and judge Clive Arrowsmith expressed delight with the scope and diversity of the images – ‘the imaginative visual responses to Blake’s words were a pleasure to behold’ and he hoped the Award would encourage the winner to continue with their photography.

Ruth Padel, the poet and judge wrote:

‘Fire and dream, metaphor and the mundane, poetry and paint, the city versus the outer edges of the planet: William Blake is alive in all of us, all the time, and it was a great honour to be asked to judge this very imaginative prize. A photograph of Blake’s Tyger!  It is like asking for a photo of the mapping function of the brain and a glimpse of the top of Everest at sunrise, simultaneously.
Photography is “writing with light” and these entries illuminated all possible images of what the Tyger might mean to us, today.
I was enormously enriched by seeing them all.
Many congratulations to the winner.’


This year the award will be given for a single photograph that interprets Blake’s famous poem The Tyger. What does The Tyger mean to you? Where is the Tyger to be found in your daily life or in the world you inhabit?

The Judges are the celebrated international photographer Clive Arrowsmith and the poet Ruth Padel, who is the author of Tigers In Red Weather and serves on the Council of the Zoological Society of London and is and a patron of 21st Century Tiger.

The text  and various versions of Blake’s illuminated plates of the poem are available via the Blake Archive.

The submission period is now closed. The winner will be announced in December.



1. Photographs can interpret “The Tyger” in any way.
2. Only one entry per person.
3. Entrants must own the copyright of the photograph submitted.
4. The copyright of the photograph remains with the entrant and the Blake Society will not reproduce submitted photographs without permission.
5. By submitting a photograph you agree that in the event you are awarded the Tithe Grant the image will be published on the Blake Society’s website and any printed material pertaining to the 2013 Tithe Grant (for instance, should a report on the 2013 Tithe Grant appear in the Blake Journal).
6. The Decision of the Judges is final and no correspondence shall be entered into concerning the Award or the process of judging.
7. The value of the 2013 Award will be one tenth of our Subscription Income in 2012; namely £389.
8. The deadline for submission of entries is 23:59 (GMT) 31 October 2013. Late entries will not be accepted.



* Does the photograph have to be of a tiger?
This is not a competition to photograph a tiger but to interpret Blake’s poem in a photograph. This may include but is by no means limited to an image which features an actual tiger. The internet or an academic library will lead you to many different interpretations of the poem; your own reading may be a very personal response.

* Can I submit a film or sequence of photographs?
No; the brief is for a single, still photograph.

* Can I submit more than one entry?

* Can one photo be entered jointly by two or more people working together?

* Should I include a title for my photograph?
You may if you wish but this is entirely optional.

* Can I include a written statement to explain my photograph?
No, but the photograph may contain images of words.

* Can I use a 35mm or other film camera?
Yes, but you must submit the image as a digital file to the Flickr Group Pool.

* Can I email you the photograph instead?
No; we can only accept entries via the Flickr Group Pool.

* Can I edit my photograph using editing software.
Yes, if we don’t notice.

* Can a Tiger enter the competition?
Yes, if it triggers a camera trap.

*  Is there a photograph in existence of William Blake?
Blake died in 1827, the year sometimes cited as the birth of photography.

* Did William Blake ever see a Tiger?
There were tigers on display in London during Blake’s lifetime, for example at the Exeter Exchange on the Strand.

* Do I have to be a member of the Blake Society to win the competition?

* Is there any fee to enter the competition?