Youth groups can snap a grand prize!

Pictured right to left Colin Prior, photographer, Linda McClelland, National Galleries, Karen Blair, first direct and Susie Barron, NSPCC.
Pictured right to left Colin Prior, photographer, Linda McClelland, National Galleries, Karen Blair, first direct and Susie Barron, NSPCC.

Youth groups in Deeside and Donside are being encouraged to enter a photography competition and win up to £1000 to spend on equipment of their choice.

The competition is being run by ChildLine and to enter, youth groups need to take an imaginative photograph of themselves which celebrates the helpline’s 25th birthday and submit it to ChildLine before October 31.

By making a suggested voluntary donation of £2 for every child in the photograph, competition entrants can help ensure ChildLine continues to be there for children in danger or distress throughout Scotland.

The competition will be judged by internationally renowned Scottish photographer Colin Prior, Karen Blair, social leadership analyst, first direct and Linda McClelland, PlayFair education coordinator, National Galleries of Scotland.

Colin Prior said: “The recent developments in mobile phone technology have empowered children to embrace photography at a young age and are helping them shape the way they see the world. The key to great photographs is to keep the image simple and we will be looking for the most imaginative entries in the competition.

“Picture This is a brilliant activity for youth groups to get involved in. You will have great fun planning how to compose your photographs and what props to use. Groups will also need to use all their creative and technical skills and produce a photo that’s relevant to ChildLine’s 25th anniversary to produce a winning entry. “

Susie Barron, NSPCC community fundraising manager said: “Any local youth group affiliated to a national organisation can enter Picture This and we want to encourage as many groups as possible to join us to celebrate ChildLine’s birthday. Thanks to the considerable generosity of first direct there are two age categories with prizes of £1000, £300 and £200 for equipment for winners and runners up in each category. So whether your group needs new camping equipment for next summer, digital equipment, or perhaps even a state of the art camera, by entering Picture This you can be in with a chance to win it. You’ll also be helping ChildLine be there for more children who badly need our help.

There are two age categories 11 and under and ages 12-18. To find out more about the competition, including full terms and conditions visit www.nspcc.org.uk/picturethis telephone the Scotland fundraising team on 0844 892 0212 or email scotlandevents@nspcc.org.uk to ask for a registration pack.