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‘Lockdown: Westminster’s taking a positive view’

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Wednesday 13th January 2021 saw Positive View Foundation’s launch of an exclusive youth photographic competition entitled ‘Lockdown: Westminster’s taking a positive view’.  This high profile and unique photography event is being delivered in partnership with the Young Westminster Foundation and Westminster’s City Lions.

The ‘Westminster Young Photographer of the Year’ welcomes submissions from two groups, aged 11-15 or 16-25 years old.  Entrants must be living in Westminster and have creative ideas for five original photographs that really sum up what life’s like for you during these crazy Covid-19 times. 

And as well as the chance to win a prize, we hope you’ll find that it’s a good way to carry on thinking creatively, to kick-back against boredom and your mental health, and to remain motivated to use your skills even though you’re stuck indoors.

Your entries need to be received by the organisers, Positive View Foundation, at the email address below, by the closing date - 31st May 2021.  Please ensure you have your parents/carers permission to enter the competition if you are aged between 11 and 15 years old.





THE BRIEF

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)… portraits including masked people.   But it’s up to you – the brief is totally open to whatever theme you personally want to capture.

HOW TO ENTER

Email up to 5 of your favourite photographs to info@positiveview.org.uk no later than 31st May 2021.  Please make sure that you also include your name, age, home address and email, plus the title you have given each photograph.  We will regularly email you news updates, and you can phone us anytime should you need help, or advice. Winners will be announced on 31st July 2021.  At the same time we will launch an exhibition featuring the top 50 works chosen by our judges, who are each highly regarded international photographers.

WHO WE ARE

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 Westminster’s most vulnerable 16-25 year olds. To read more about us, and this incredible photography project, visit www.positiveview.org.uk or email our Competition Organiser at lucia@positiveview.org.uk

GUIDELINES AND SUBMISSION OF PHOTOGRAPHS

  • You must email your submissions no later than Monday 31st May 2021.
  • Email to lucia@positiveview.org.uk
  • Send us NOW your: Name, Age, Email Address, and Westminster postcode - so we can email you frequent news updates.
  • You must be 11-15 or 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, Westminster, 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 31st July 2021.
  • The winners and 24 shortlisted runners-up will be featured on the Positive View Foundation’s website (www.positiveview.org.uk).
  • Please don’t hesitate to email Lucia Power, Youth Empowerment Executive, if you have any questions. (lucia@positiveview.org.uk)

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