Calling all budding photographers!

Are you a photographer in the making? We're looking for students from our partner schools to show us your perfect shots, and help to make a difference at the same time. We have teamed up with award winning documentary filmmaker, Kate Blewett and Director and Producer, Min Reid, to launch an exciting lockdown photography competition. The winning photographs will feature in our summer auction, raising vital funds for our COVID19 appeal

Whilst our students in UWS schools have been in lockdown, they have been reading a book called ‘My Hero is You’,  and learning that we can all be heroes during this time. We want you to think about the big and small ways we can be heroic, and capture it in a photograph.
The winning entries will feature in our summer auction ‘Raise Together, Save Lives’ alongside some exquisite pieces such as an original picture drawn by Alex Scheffler, the Illustrator of the Gruffalo, signed books by author of the brilliant ‘Aliens Love Underpants’, Claire Freedman, a glorious selection of books signed by, Julia Donaldson and Alex Scheffler, a private dining experience for 10 with Masterchef winner David Rickett and much more! Additionally, a framed print will be provided to the students partner school for display.

The auction will raise vital funds for our Covid-19 education response.

There are two categories in the competition:
  • Primary category (Under 12)
  • Secondary category (Under 18)

How to enter

  • Entries must be digital images or scans of transparencies. Each entrant may submit a maximum of three images to the competition.
    Prior to submission, entrants must not have offered any of their entries for sale, been paid for any publication of their entries, or won or been runner-up in any other photographic competition with any of their entries.
  • Images should be submitted as high resolution JPEGs or PNG files no larger than 10 MB. Please keep copies of all your original and resized images safe. If you are successful in being shortlisted, we will request your original file for further judging and reproduction purposes. If the original file is not received, the image may be disqualified from the competition.
  • Email the photo, photographer’s name, age and school with the photo caption to [email protected]

Closing date: Monday 9th June at midday

The judges

Kate Blewett: Kate is an award winning documentary film maker and owner of Bongo films TV and production company. She has established herself as one of the most successful undercover documentary film-makers of modern times. Her success has led her to the sofa of the Oprah Winfrey Show and the dining table of the Kennedy Family home. In 2010 she was invited to be a TedX speaker ('The Power of Television') and she remains an honoured member of BAFTA. She is truly a global TV powerhouse. This status has come about though her uncompromising faith in the power of television to improve the lives of oppressed children across the globe.

Min Reid: Min is an award winning producer and director and co-founder of ReidRichards productions. She is known for RED (2017), Still Beautiful (2014) and JR Richards: Precious Stone (2014).