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Call to photographers.

Enter Youmanity’s Annual Photography competition. Both professional and amateur photographers are welcome and submission is free. The theme, this year, is ‘Friend-Ship’.

This award celebrates current and age old friendships and encourages you to connect with friends or re-connect with long-lost friends, relatives or anyone you have not seen in a while, but who has always been there for you.

“Those who find a friend find a treasure”

Friends are vital to our lives and for our mental health. Frequently through friends we learn the most about ourselves. We go on incredible journeys with friends and survive adversity standing by them.  Over time we develop important emotional connections, that give us the courage to show who we really are on the inside. A good friend is a patient gardener, who is willing to nurture in times of need as much as celebrate in times of joy. According to data from the World Health Organisation, every year 800,000 people take their own lives, and many more make an attempt. Isolation is a main reason for suicide, feeling misunderstood and alone. Friendship, togetherness, and connection are vital.

Your photographic entry

Through photography we would like you to explore and celebrate friendship and the friends to whom we owe so much. Friend-Ship encourages you to pick up your camera and take a portrait of that special person or capture a moment, which embodies this treasured connection.

The Friend-Ship Photography Exhibition will showcase the top 20 entries at the House of Commons 2-5/12/2019. The judges are looking for visual impact, originality, and sensitivity. The winning portrait will be awarded £1,000 cash prize.

The submissions will be selected by the following judges: 

Anne Williams - Documentary Photography Historian

Aris Kourkoumelis - Photographic Historian - The Royal Collection Trust

Brandei Estes - Head of Photography, Sotheby's

Max Houghton - MA Photojournalism Lead, London College of Communication

Michael Pritchard, Director-General, The Royal Photographic Society

Neil Kenlock - Social documentary photographer

Priya Nagda-Swainson - Suicide Prevention Worker - Papyrus

Steve Macleod - Director, Metro Imaging

Renée Mussai - Curator, Autograph ABP

The closing date for entries is 25/10/2019  - Winners announced 1/11/2019.

About Youmanity

Youmanity is a registered charity promoting awareness of social issues through fostering dialogue between different communities and using the Arts as a medium. Most notable among these is our annual photography award. Photographers from all over the world tell important human stories by sending us their works. We select the most outstanding photographs to showcase in exhibitions on themes ranging from human trafficking, gender discrimination, and age discrimination to disability. This year Youmanity is promoting “Friend-Ship” to raise awareness of Mental Health, focusing on the importance and the value of friendship to prevent suicide and mental health issues associated with loneliness and social isolation.

For more information about this opportunity for photographers, please visit the Event Website.



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