Building on the success of last year’s mental health awareness campaign, Youmanity, launches their annual photography competition entitled ‘Friend-Ship'.
This is essentially a screenshot competition that wishes to reclaim the importance of friendship to help prevent suicide and mental health issues associated with loneliness and social distancing.
In 2020, the world went into lockdown. Many of us lost physical contact with loved ones, and the daily support of social workers, volunteers and medical staff. A situation of unparalleled proportions in which friends became our lifeline, developing important emotional connections with people, near and far, neighbours, past and present, young and old.
Together we explored new ways to stay connected, to support one another, to alleviate anxieties and cope with the many uncertainties that came with the outbreak of Covid-19. We learned to make video calls, sharing our experiences and our resilience as human beings. We opened our hearts as we opened our windows to clap and cheer the medical staff.
We learned that social distance does not have to mean emotional isolation. Video calls have now become part of our lives, helping us through crises of all kinds. According to the World Health Organisation, one person takes their own life every 40 seconds, and many more attempt to. Isolation is a main reason for suicide. Friendship, togetherness, and connection, therefore, are as vital as ever.
We want to reclaim the importance and value of friendship by encouraging you to connect and celebrate the importance of friendship through a screenshot!
Your photographic entry
Friend-Ship encourages you to submit a screenshot of your phone, tablet, computer used during a video call with family, friends, neighbours and/or anyone you made video-calls with. Screenshots don’t need to be of high resolution so long they capture a treasured connection between friends. Submission is free.
The Friend-Ship Photography Exhibition will showcase the top 20 entries at a central London location in October 2020. The judges are looking for visual impact, originality, and sensitivity. The winning screenshot will be awarded £500 cash prize.
To upload your photographic submission is free - click HERE
Photo credit: Dragon Coworking
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