‘SE Kent Young Photographer of the Year Award’


Monday 31st May 2021 sees Positive View Foundation’s launch of an exclusive youth photographic competition entitled ‘SE Kent Young Photographer of the Year Award’. This high profile and unique photography event is being delivered in partnership with the Kent Community Foundation and Kent County Council.

The ‘SE Kent Young Photographer of the Year Award welcomes submissions from 16-25 year olds living in, or at college, in SE Kent. Entrants can submit five original photographs that really sum up what life’s like for you during these difficult 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.

Your entries need to be received by the organisers, Positive View Foundation, at the email address below, by the closing date – 1st November 2021. 


Using either your personal camera or the one on your phone, we want you to show us what life in SE Kent means to you today and the impact it is having on your day-to-day life. You can use black and white or colour photography, or some of each.  You can submit up to a total of 5 of your favourite images from one theme – or from a combination of themes. 

Here’s a few ideas for starters: your selected images can collectively represent any themes you choose – for example:  behind your closed doors; a view through your window; street-life; portraits; sea and landscapes; abstract etc.  It’s entirely up to you – the brief is totally open to whichever theme you personally create and want to capture, as long as you submit no more than 5 photographs overall.


Email your favourite 5 favourite photographs to no later than 1st November 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 6th December 2021. At the same time we will launch a curated public virtual exhibition on this site - featuring the top 25 works chosen by our judges, who are each highly regarded international photographers.


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 SE Kent’s most vulnerable 16-25 year olds. To read more about us, and this incredible photography project, visit or email our Competition Organiser at


  • All submissions need to be emailed to no later than Monday 1st November 2021.
  • Include your Name, Age, Email Address, and postcode – so we can email you frequent news updates.
  • Include the titles of each of the 5 photographs you are submitting for judging


  • You must be 16-25 years old.
  • Your submitted photographs must be new images you have taken in or around SE Kent.
  • Observe the Government’s Covid-19 guidelines whilst taking photographs
  • 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 28th November 2021.
  • The winners and shortlisted runners-up will be featured on the Positive View Foundation’s website (
  • Please don’t hesitate to email Lucia Power, Youth Empowerment Executive, if you have any questions. (
  • As the photographer you own the copyright for each image.


The Promoter:  Positive View Foundation (Charity Number: 1142532). 07954 139868 email:  

‘SE Kent Young Photographer of the Year Award’ is the property of the Positive View Foundation.  Prize money will be paid to winners in the form of Amazon Vouchers, rather than cash. 

This photography event is supported and sponsored by the Kent Community Fund, and Kent County Council.

Four independent and highly regarded named professional photographers will judge prizewinners.

Winner Notification: The winners will be notified by email via the email provided at point of entry within 28 days of the closing date and prizes will be mailed to winners 14 days from notification. 

Data Protection: Any personal information that entrants share with the Promoter will be kept secure and only used in line with these terms and conditions unless the entrant has opted in to future marketing from the Promoter and/or the Supplier. By entering the promotion, entrants agree that their information may be used by the Promoter to announce the winners to the media.

Copyright remains the property of the photographer and will be shown as © photographer’s name / Positive View Foundation.


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