Lockdown: Taking a Positive View


Closing date 31 August 2020

At Positive View we believe that the voice of young people has been silenced during the coronavirus crisis. It's assumed that the young people are doing ok, as they are much less likely to suffer or die from the disease. But it doesn't take into account the daily hardships of lockdown, of no education, of not hanging out with your friends, of missed opportunities, of worries about the future and of potentially difficult situations at home. Well, we want to give the young people of the UK their voices back, so we are launching an exclusive national photographic competition entitled ‘Lockdown: Taking a Positive View’.

All you need to be eligible to enter is to be aged 16-25, to be living in the UK, and to have a great idea for up to five picture that really sum up what life’s like for you in these challenging Covid-19 times. The competition has been designed and launched by the young people we work with and support. And as well as the chance to win one of our cash prizes, we also hope you’ll find that it’s a good way to: carry on thinking creatively; kick back against boredom and depression; and stay motivated to use your skills even though you’re stuck indoors. Plus, the winning entries - and a large selection of the best runners up, will be exhibited publicly once lockdown is over.

Your entries need to be received by the organisers, Positive View Foundation, at the email address below, by the closing date - 31st August 2020 but we will also be running a series of webinars with renowned photographers so you can learn from the best before submitting your winning entry. More details of these will be made available to you soon, once you have registered your details with us.


Using either your personal camera or the one on your phone, we want you to show us what the Covid-19 lockdown means to you and the impact it is having on your day-to-day life. You can use black and white or colour, or some of each (you can submit up to 5 of your favourite pictures).

Here’s a few ideas for starters: life behind your closed doors… a view through your window… street-life, (or the lack of it)… masked people. But it’s up to you – the brief is totally open to whatever theme you personally want to capture.


Email up to 5 of your favourite photographs to no later than 31st August 2020. Please make sure that you also include your name, age, home address and email, plus the title you have given each photograph. Once you have registered with us, we will regularly email you news updates, and you can phone us anytime should you need help, or advice.

The £1,000, £500 and £250 winners will be announced on 1st September 2020. At the same time we will launch an exhibition featuring the top 50 works chosen by our judges on


Positive View Foundation is a unique youth charity supported by The Arts Council and the Royal Photographic Society. We use photography and film to transform the lives of some of the UK’s most vulnerable 16-25 year olds. To read more about us, and this incredible photography project, visit or email our Competition Organiser at


  • You must email your submissions no later than Monday 31st august 2020.
  • Email to
  • Send us NOW your: Name, Age, Email Address, and Town - so we can email you frequent news updates.
  • You must be 16-25 years old.
  • Maximum FIVE new images per person.
  • Send us the title of each of your photographs.
  • Your photos must be new images taken in or around your home, town, or estate during this current lockdown period.
  • As the photographer you own the copyright for each image.
  • You can use either your own camera, or the camera on your mobile phone.
  • The 1st, 2nd, and 3rd winners will be announced and notified on 8th September 2020.
  • The winners and 27 shortlisted runners-up will be featured on the Positive View Foundation’s website ( during September and October 2020.
  • Please don’t hesitate to email Lucia Power, Youth Empowerment Executive, if you have any questions. (


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Positive View Supported by The Royal Photographic Society

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“The work of the charity Positive View can be read on two levels: Andrew Page, founder, has used photography to change the lives of people from difficult backgrounds by giving them both the means and encouragement. The young photographers themselves have each taken the opportunity to literally in both hands to open for us a window into their lives, and show the important influences on them: their family, chaotic living or social anxiety”. Paul Ashley, Editor.