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Summer photo competition for WellChild Families launches today

By Chris Hill · July 22, 2021

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Calling all photographers! WellChild is organising a fantastic photo competition for the young people who we support allowing them to show off their amazing creativity and tell us about their life through the camera lens. World renowned photographer David Yarrow will sit on the judging panel.

The competition is being run ahead of WellChild’s Art Auction at Christies, which will take place in October and have pieces by some of the very best contemporary artists on sale to raise funds for WellChild’s work with seriously ill children and their families across the UK.

Hopes & Dreams: My Life Through a Lens is a photo competition for children and young people who are connected to WellChild; such as previous WellChild Award winners, or someone whose parents are members of the WellChild Family Tree and their siblings.

WellChild is calling for young photographers to show the world their hopes and dreams for the future using their camera this summer. Who do they want to be? What do they want for their future and their family? What do they want to happen in society so they can achieve their hopes and dreams? The age range for entrants is 5-18 by the date of entry.

The competition opens on Thursday July 22nd and closes on Sunday September 12th. You can submit your entry online at: wellchild.org.uk/photocompetition

Through the competition, WellChild wants to show the world what life is like for young people and families living with serious health needs. This is an opportunity for children and young people to tell their story in pictures – to shine a light on the reality of life and to inspire others with their vision for the future.

Finalists will have their photos displayed online and during the WellChild Art Auction 2021 and at the prestigious WellChild Awards 2022. Each finalist will also receive a framed copy of their picture courtesy of Venture Photography.

The overall winner will also receive a Venture Photography photo shoot experience for their family at their nearest Venture Studio, a follow up cinematic viewing of their images, and £1,000 towards a selection of beautifully presented framed photographs from the Venture collection chosen by the winner from their photo shoot.

The winning photo will be selected by a panel of judges from the world of art and celebrity, including world renowned photographer David Yarrow.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for children and young people supported by WellChild to reflect on the last year and communicate their hopes and dreams for future. Families caring for a child with serious health conditions have often felt forgotten and isolated during the pandemic. We hope that through this competition we can bring some fun to everybody’s summer, whilst also setting out a vision to the world for how society can better support these children and young people in the future and help them achieve their hopes and dreams!”

Matt James, Director of Communications and Engagement at WellChild

Find out more and download your FREE competition entry pack at wellchild.org.uk/photocompetition