UK: New prize on offer for aspiring young photojournalists

Aged seven to 14? Fancy a day working with a professional photojournalist covering a human right issue and then seeing your work published and showcased at a youth-led conference?

That’s the new prize on offer for the winner of Amnesty International’s 7-14 photojournalism category, one of six categories that make up the Young Human Rights Reporter of the Year competition. The offer comes courtesy of PhotoVoice, who will also be providing a judge for the competition.

Clare Struthers, the Projects Support Manager for PhotoVoice, said:

“The Young Human Rights competition seemed like a perfect fit for us. We specialise in helping young people to speak out through photography to share their perspectives and play an active role in working towards positive social change.

“Over the years many of the issues tackled by young people on our projects have been related to human rights, both in the UK and overseas.

“Images can make such a huge impact, and hopefully by offering this prize we will encourage young people to pick up a camera and become the human rights photojournalist of tomorrow.”

The winning entry will be published in a youth-led publication as well as showcased at the Lookout UK conference.

The competition is run in conjunction with The Guardian Teacher Network and MA Education, the publishers of SecEd, and is aimed at future journalists and photographers.

The photojournalism competition is open to students aged seven to 18 from across the UK and is split into two categories: Upper Primary and Lower Secondary, and Upper Secondary and Sixth Form. The winner of the older category will spend a day with a photographer from the Guardian. Roger Tooth, the picture editor of the Guardian, is one of the category’s judges.

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.

Judges for the journalism competition include Sara Grant, author of Dark Parties, and Bali Rai, who wrote (Un)arranged Marriage, and representatives of Amnesty, the Guardian and SecEd.

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.

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

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