Guardian's picture editor joins list of judges for Amnesty's Young Human Rights Reporter of the Year competition

Roger Tooth, the picture editor of The Guardian, today became the latest judge for Amnesty’s Young Human Rights Reporter of the Year competition – and immediately offered a once-in-a-lifetime prize to the winner of the new photojournalism category.

The winner of the older age group in the category – added for the 2013 awards – will spend a day with one of The Guardian’s top photographers, honing their skills and having the chance to file photographs for the paper.

Roger Tooth said:

“I hope the offer of a day with one of our photographers will encourage young people to pick up a camera, enter the competition and take their first step towards becoming the photojournalists of tomorrow.

“I'm really looking forward to seeing their images.”

Roger Tooth joins existing judges Bali Rai and Sara Grant, both acclaimed authors.

The journalism competition is split into four categories: Upper Primary, Lower Secondary, Upper Secondary and Sixth Form. Articles can be up to 500 words in length and entries will be accepted in both English and Welsh.

The new photojournalism competition is open to students aged 7 to 18 from across the UK and is split into two categories: Upper Primary and Lower Secondary, and Upper Secondary and Sixth Form.

The competition closes on 18 February, with the top three entrants in each category invited to Amnesty’s headquarters for a prestigious awards ceremony on 30 April 2013.

The winners of each age group in both the journalism and photojournalism categories will each receive: a goodie bag, an Amnesty International Media Award (to be presented at a ceremony at Amnesty International UK’s headquarters on 30 April 2013), and a year’s subscription to The Day (www.theday.co.uk).

The competition is run in conjunction with The Guardian Teacher Network and MA Education, the publishers of SecEd.

Full details of how to enter can be found at www.amnesty.org.uk/youngreporter

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