It is our pleasure to announce that Youmanity will contribute to this year's World Mental Health Day (WMHD) with the images from the Friend-Ship photographic collection. These are portraits of everyday...
You are invited with open arms to enter Youmanity’s Annual Photography competition. It’s open to all photographers, amateur and professional, and submission is free. The theme, this year, is ‘Friend-Ship’.
This award celebrates 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 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. It is often through friends that we learn the most about ourselves. We go on incredible journey with friends and survive adversity standing by them. Through time we develop important emotional connections, which give us the courage to show who we really are on the inside. A good friend, therefore, is a patient gardener, willing to nurture in times of need as much as celebrate in times of joy. According to the World Health Organisation, every year 800,000 people take their own lives, and many more attempt to. Isolation is a main reason for suicide, feeling misunderstood and alone. Friendship, togetherness, and connection, then, are as vital as ever.
Your photographic entry
Through photography we would like you to 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 a gold medal and £1,000
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
Steve Macleod - Director, Metro Imaging
Renée Mussai - Curator, Autograph ABP
The closing date for entries is 25/10/2019 - Winners announced 07/11/2019
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