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Life in Colour

CEWE has teamed up with renowned photo restoration artist James Paterson to restore old photos to their former glory for 5 lucky winners.


Our photos are so precious, but time and storage conditions can all take their toll on our most treasured photographic memories.

That’s why CEWE have teamed up with renowned photo restoration artist, James Paterson. Using James’ expertise, we want to help our lucky winning customers restore old photos to their former glory – helping to preserve and celebrate the most precious moments in your history.

Could you be one of our Life In Colour winners?

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Enter the Competition

The Life In Colour competition is free to enter and open to anyone over 18, whether you’re submitting an old photo on behalf of a loved one, or you simply want one of your own photos restoring to its former glory, we want to hear from you.

To enter, simply post your old photo to Instagram using #ColourMyPhoto. Winners will be selected by James Paterson, along with the help of our favourite bloggers.

5 winners will be chosen in total, and each photo will feature across CEWE’s social media feeds, as well as being gifted to you in print.

Meet James, our Photo Restoration Artist

Whether it’s an old wedding album that needs a little TLC, or a picture of your family in black and white that can be transformed into colour for the first time, James can take a neglected old photo and bring it to life with impressive detail and accuracy.

Our Life In Colour Gallery

To showcase the amazing transformation an old photo can undertake, we’ve teamed up with five bloggers who are just as passionate about photography as we are. Here you’ll be able to see the amazing steps their photos have undertaken as they’ve been transformed by James.

Life in Colour
Life in Colour

I’m Moving to London

In love with travel, photography, places and architecture, we’re teaming up with Deyena from I’m Moving to London to transform an old picture of her mother as a child with her grandmother. James is working to colour the image and bring a special family moment captured in time to life for Deyena.

To find out more about Deyena, visit her Instagram here:

Life in Colour
Life in Colour

Victoria’s Stories

As a lover of beautiful places and scenery, Victoria is an avid photo taker and has a real passion for photographs, as seen on her blog Victoria’s Stories. We’re working with her to restore and colourise an old image of her grandfather in his band. The image captures the fun time vibes of the era and we want to work with James to make this image sing as loud as the band once played.

To find out more about Victoria, visit her Instagram here:

Life in Colour
Life in Colour

London Historian

We’re working with The London Historian to recapture what London Bridge would have looked like when it was first constructed. The photograph was taken in 1892, and research has revealed that the bright blue colour we have come to associate so famously with the bridge, was once brown. Just another example of how photo restoration can bring history to life.

To find out more about London Historian, visit his Instagram here:

Life in Colour
Life in Colour

Dolly Dowsie

A blogger that enjoys capturing precious moments on camera, we’re working with Fiona at Dolly Dowsie to transform her photograph of her grandmother and her friends. Whilst the image is in good condition, it offers the perfect opportunity to colourise this moment captured and truly bring her Grandmother’s memory to life.

To find out more about Fiona, visit her Instagram here:

Life in Colour
Life in Colour

Chris Dalton

We’ve teamed up with London-based photographer, Chris Dalton, to restore an old black and white picture of his grandad (left). This photo was taken whilst his grandad was serving in the paratroopers when he was stationed in Egypt. He’s taking a minute out to chat with a fellow paratrooper in the classic Jeeps they used to get around in.

To find out more about Chris, visit his Instagram here:

Enter Now

Enter our Life In Colour competition now – simply upload your photo on Instagram with the hashtag #ColourMyPhoto

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Step 1:

Post/Upload your photo to Instagram

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Step 2:

Use the hashtag #ColourMyPhoto


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Terms and Conditions

  1. The promoter is: CEWE LIMITED (company no. 00485715) whose registered office is at Unit 4 Spartan Close, Tachbrook Park, Warwick, Warwickshire, CV34 6RR.
  2. The competition is open to residents of the United Kingdom aged 18 years or over except employees of CEWE LIMITED and their close relatives and anyone otherwise connected with the organisation or judging of the competition.
  3. There is no entry fee and no purchase necessary to enter this competition.
  4. By entering this competition, an entrant is indicating his/her agreement to be bound by these terms and conditions.
  5. Route to entry for the competition and details of how to enter are via Instagram using #ColourMyPhoto
  6. Only one entry will be accepted per person. Multiple entries from the same person will be disqualified.
  7. Closing date for entry will be 24th April 2019. After this date no further entries to the competition will be permitted.
  8. No responsibility can be accepted for entries not received for whatever reason.
  9. The rules of the competition and how to enter are as follows:
  10. Post an old image you would like restoring and colouring to #ColourMyPhoto on Instagram
  11. Tell us why your photo deserves to be restored and coloured.
  12. The promoter reserves the right to cancel or amend the competition and these terms and conditions without notice in the event of a catastrophe, war, civil or military disturbance, act of God or any actual or anticipated breach of any applicable law or regulation or any other event outside of the promoter’s control. Any changes to the competition will be notified to entrants as soon as possible by the promoter.
  13. The promoter is not responsible for inaccurate prize details supplied to any entrant by any third party connected with this competition.
  14. The prize is as follows: A colourised print and digital copy of one old image as supplied by the competition winner. The prize is as stated and no cash or other alternatives will be offered. The prizes are not transferable. Prizes are subject to availability and we reserve the right to substitute any prize with another of equivalent value without giving notice.
  15. Winners will be chosen by an independent adjudicator or panel of judges appointed by the Promoter.
  16. The winner will be notified by DM on Instagram within 28 days of the closing date. If the winner cannot be contacted or do not claim the prize within 7 days of notification, we reserve the right to withdraw the prize from the winner and pick a replacement winner. The winner must also supply a good quality version of the image to the Promoter to ensure the restoration is as accurate as possible.
  17. The winner is required to capture footage of themselves opening the final print and providing the footage to CEWE for promotional use.
  18. The promoter will notify the winner when and how the prize is delivered.
  19. The promoter’s decision in respect of all matters to do with the competition will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  20. By entering this competition, an entrant is indicating his/her agreement to be bound by these terms and conditions.
  21. The competition and these terms and conditions will be governed by English law and any disputes will be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of England.
  22. The winner agrees to the use of his/her name and image in any publicity material, as well as their entry. Any personal data relating to the winner or any other entrants will be used solely in accordance with current UK data protection legislation and will not be disclosed to a third party without the entrant’s prior consent.
  23. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook, Twitter or any other Social Network. You are providing your information to CEWE LIMITED and not to any other party.