BARBERFEST introduces: Raw Talent Barbering Competition, sponsored by VTCT

raw talent barbering competition

The Raw Talent Barbering Competition, sponsored by VTCT is brought to you by Modern Barber Magazine, BARBERFEST and Mike Taylor Education with the aim of giving a much-needed platform for barber students and junior barbers to showcase their skills.

Excitingly, the final will take place live at the first-ever BARBERFEST on Monday 5 July at Hilton Brighton Metropole Hotel, Brighton where we will have a live competition area for the next generation of barbers to show the industry what they’re made of. And the best news? There’s a £250 prize up for grabs!

Contestants are asked to provide up to four images of ONE haircut they have done as well as a short description of the look and the inspiration behind it in order to enter. Those that are shortlisted as a finalist by our judges will be invited to re-create their look live at BARBERFEST.

*The entry deadline has been extended to Tuesday 1 June, 5pm!*


Who can enter?

Entrants must be currently undertaking a formally accredited level 2 barbering qualification, currently registered on the Hair Professional Standards (Barbering) or recently qualified within the previous 12 months.

There are three categories to choose from

Freshers – This category is for students – ideal if you’re working towards a level 2 qualification at a college or training academy

Graduate – This category is for apprentices – ideal for anyone currently on the Hair Professional Standards (Barbering) Apprenticeship

Post-Graduate – This category is for junior barbers – ideal if you’ve recently achieved a level 2 qualification in Barbering (within 12 months)


How do you enter?

Each entry must show at least TWO images of the hairstyle (maximum four). These must show only front and side headshots.

For round 1, photographs of work created on either headblocks or live clients will be accepted to ensure you can safely follow COVID-19 government guidelines.

Simply click here and choose one of the three categories listed above to get started. Entry to the competition costs £10 per entry. Every entrant will receive free entry to BARBERFEST usually £15. This includes entry for your model, should you reach the finals.


What’s the timeline?

Here’s what to expect:

Round 1: Entries will be judged on photographs of a hairstyle that can be uploaded here.

Round 2: The chosen finalists will be invited to recreate their look on a live model at BARBERFEST. Please note, should you reach the finals, you will be required to provide your model. (A BARBERFEST ticket will be included for both you and your model).

The closing date for entries to this competition is Tuesday 1 June at (5pm). Under no circumstances will entries be allowed after this time.

Finalists will be notified on Friday 4 June (and they’ll be announced on Modern Barber’s social channels).

Finalists will be required to attend BARBERFEST on Monday 5th July at Hilton Brighton Metropole Hotel for the live final.


To enter click here – what are you waiting for?

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