A ‘moment of revelation’ is key to a memorable image, says award-winning Magnum photographer Martin Parr.

HM Tower of London, by Belinda Hastie

Parr made the comments after judging this year’s Museum of the Year Photography Competition, and shortlisting six photos from the 1,800 entries.

The contest called on the public to submit photos of the six museums that had been shortlisted for the prize.

Parr said: ‘I was impressed with the variety of images shot for the competition, but was looking for an element of surprise in the images to go forward to the final vote.’

He added: ‘I think a moment of revelation is the key to a memorable photo, so I hope you enjoy the shortlist as much as I did selecting it.’

IWM London (low-res).webIWM London, by Theo Ellison

The MACwebThe MAC, Belfast, by Tony Millar

The shortlisted shots, which are now subject to an online public vote, are as follows:
· The MAC, Belfast, submitted by @tonymillar (Tony Millar) on Twitter
· Oxford University Museum of Natural History, submitted by @fionarae18 (Fiona Tingate) on Instagram
· Dunham Massey (National Trust), Altrincham, submitted by Jane Jennings
· HM Tower of London, by Belinda Hastie
· The Whitworth, Manchester, submitted by @madlinsudn (Madeleine Sugden) on Twitter
· IWM London, by Theo Ellison
The online vote, which gives voters the chance of winning a photography trip to Paris, France, closes on 22 June.

The winner of the competition, who will be treated to a photography weekend for two in Berlin, Germany, will be revealed on 25 June.

To see all the shortlisted images, and to vote for your favourite, visit the competition website.

Magnum photographer Martin Parr Magnum photographer Martin Parr [Photo credit: Chris Cheesman]