LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM-- Nov. 4, 2010 -- PhotoBox has partnered once again with the NSPCC and its ChildLine service to support the Child's Voice Appeal, which aims to answer every child's cry for help. Building on the success of last year, PhotoBox is creating a platform for young people to celebrate their talent and passion for photography while raising money for a great cause.
The competition launches today and aims to 'capture the world of young people through their own eyes' –random as the photos might be, this is all about capturing the world through a kid's eyes offering a true 'Child's Eye View of the world'.
It will be judged by a five strong expert panel including Ortis Deley, from The Gadget Show; Annabel Williams, award winning portraiture photographer and author; Linda Buttle, PhotoBox Editor; NSPCC Art Director Kevin Yeates and Shoot Nations judge and Director of Shoot Experience, Brett Jefferson Stott. Children of all ages are encouraged to enter via http://youngphotographer.photobox.com and their photographs will be grouped under four age categories - under 8 years, 9-12 years, 13-15 years or 16-18 years with different prizes for each.
Under 8 Kids Entry & Overnight stay @ Legoland Windsor for a family of four + PhotoBox goodies
9-12 Kids Entry & Overnight stay @ Chessington World of Adventures for family of four + PhotoBox goodies
13-15 Entry & overnight stay @ Alton Towers Resort Theme park for 4 people plus PhotoBox goodies
16-18 2x Merlin Magic Passes (access worldwide), digital camera + PhotoBox large canvas print and A4 Photobook
On championing the contest, Ortis Deley said: 'I'm delighted to be supporting the NSPCC and the Young Photographer of the Year competition. I'm looking forward to judging the photos and I can't wait to see how young people capture their view of the world through a lens. My favourite pics are those of my family and friends. I'm not very arty with my photos so none would stand out in a competition like this. One of my favourites by a Pro is the portrait of Hilary Swank, taken by Norman Jean Roy, as she's sprinting along a shoreline. It shows power, grace and I find it very compelling".
All competition winners and runners-up photos will be featured on the Young Photographer of the Year 2010 Poster Calendar, which will be available to buy from PhotoBox from the 10th December, with 25% of the sales going to support the NSPCC's Child Voice Appeal.
PhotoBox UK, Managing Director, Mark Chapman says: 'We are engaging young people and celebrating their passion for photography which they have in abundance. I firmly believe we can raise much needed awareness of a remarkable and serious cause whilst we let kids of all ages inspire us with their diversity and talent captured in an all telling photo. Last year was a resounding success, helping to change the lives of many children in this country, and we hope we can build on this with an even bigger and more engaged competition this year'.
Head of Corporate Partnerships at the NSPCC, Tracy Griffin says: Photography is a great way for children and young people to capture their view of the world and we are delighted to be partnering with PhotoBox again this year. All funds raised through sales of the calendar will go towards our Child's Voice Appeal, raising money for our vital helpline services ChildLine and the NSPCC Helpline. Photobox's support will mean that more calls for help can be answered to ensure that children do not suffer in silence.
The competition closes on 30th November, with the winners announced on the 7th December 2010.
Annabel Williams offers some words of wisdom for everyone wanting to take part: "Photography is an amazing craft that can provide you with so much more than just a 'snapshot'. Learn how to consider what you are taking, slow down and put more thought into each picture rather than just snap away. Look for the best light and interesting backgrounds, consider different angles, and take your time thinking about what you are shooting - that's what makes a great photo!"
More ways to raise funds: PhotoBox is also supporting the NSPCC through other activity including a donation of 5% on all their personalised cards, which can be bought at www.photobox.co.uk all year round.
Notes to Editors
For further information on the NSPCC please log onto www.nspcc.org.uk. If an adult is concerned about a child they can call 0808 800 5000 for confidential advice. Children who would like to speak to someone about anything troubling them can call 0800 1111