2020 Photography Award: Friend-Ship 2

More than a 'photography award', this year Youmanity is promoting a screenshot competition entitled ‘Friend-Ship'


With ‘Friend-Ship' we want to reclaim the importance of friendship in the prevention of suicide and mental health issues associated with loneliness and social distancing. In 2020, the world went into lockdown - some of us went into meltdown. Friends became our lifeline, developing important emotional connections.

We had no choice but to explore new ways to stay connected, to cope with the many uncertainties that came with the pandemic. And so we learned to make video calls, often opening our hearts as we opened our windows to cheer the Emergency Services who did so much for many of us.

Video calls have now become part of our lives, helping us through crises of all kinds. It is however a distressing fact that the incidence of suicide iincreases dramatically during the Christmas Season/New Years Day. Many are young members from the LGBT community - some just teenagers. According to Stonewall, in the UK alone, 13%  LGBT aged 18-24, attempted to take their own life in the last year. Almost half of all trans people (46%) have thought about taking their own life and half of the LGBT community (52%) have experienced depression. Tragically, the World Health Organisation reports that a person takes their own life every 40 seconds, and many more attempt to do so.With isolation being the main reason for suicide, friendships and human connections are vitally important.

We want to reclaim the value of friendship by encouraging you to celebrate the importance of human connection through a screenshot!

Your screenshot


Submit a screenshot from your phone, tablet, computer used during a video call with family, friends, neighbours and/or anyone you made video-calls with. Submission is free.


Pandemic permitting, the Friend-Ship screenshot exhibition will showcase the top entries online from Feb 2021. The judges are looking for visual impact, originality, and sensitivity. The winning screenshot will be awarded £500 cash prize.


Deadline 29/01/2021 (closed)


You can see the finalists screenshots here




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