The Royal Photographic Society is holding an Oscar Rejlander competition. Rejlander (1813-1875), the “father of art photography”, was from Wolverhampton and was a founding member of the Birmingham Photographic Society. The RPS would like to see modern versions of his painstaking picture “Two Ways of Life”, a picture he created in the darkroom by seamlessly blending 32 different negatives — then a stunning technical breakthrough.

“By digitally combining and altering images, we want you to create a modern version of ‘The Two Ways of Life’, a contemporary tableau of virtue and vice which also acknowledges Rejlander’s masterpiece. Prize: £500 and a free year’s membership of the Society. Closing date: 30th April 09.”

The RPS doesn’t mention that there are two slightly different versions of the picture (v1 and the main v2), so presumably either one will count as a suitable inspiration for your competition entry.