Photo competition seeks to celebrate charities' stories of connections

The National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) and PhotoVoice, a charity promoting the ethical use of photography for positive change, are inviting entries to their annual charity photo competition. Now in its sixth year, the competition is open to all staff, volunteers, and beneficiaries of NCVO members.

With a theme of connections, entries to the competition should depict a form of connection that charities make – from connections between people, to a cause, or to an activity. The competition will be open until 18 March.

The best entries will be exhibited at NCVO’s annual conference on 18 April. Winners will be selected from three categories: photographs taken by staff and volunteers, beneficiaries, and a professional category for professional photographers connected to a member organisation.

Prizes include a year’s free PhotoVoice membership, free entry to NCVO’s annual conference and £250 print credit for the winners in each category. The exhibition and prizes are sponsored by theprintspace, one of the UK’s leading professional photo and fine art printers.

Entries will be judged by a panel including NCVO’s chair, Sir Martyn Lewis CBE and PhotoVoice chief executive Tom Elkins.

Alongside the photo competition, NCVO and PhotoVoice are offering free guidance for charities on how they can develop their photography skills. A resource, ‘The four F’s to better photography’, is available now on NCVO’s website and will be followed by additional online resources.

Sir Martyn Lewis CBE, chair of NCVO, said:

The NCVO and PhotoVoice photo competition is a fantastic way for charities to showcase in one brilliant photo the difference they make, and this year’s theme of connections should provide plenty of inspiration. Last year we received more than 120 entries from the full breadth of the voluntary sector. I look forward to seeing what people submit this year and wish all participants the best of luck.

Tom Elkins, chief executive of PhotoVoice, said:

For many charities, photographs are a vital way to convey the important work that they do, and at PhotoVoice, we know that photographs have the power to change lives. We’re delighted to be working in partnership with NCVO again to celebrate how charities have successfully used photographs.

In last year’s competition the staff and volunteer category was won by Contact the Elderly’s submission ‘Friendship Knows No Age’ (left), and the beneficiary category was won by Anthony Nolan for their portrait of Esme Clayson (right).

Photo competition winners 2015

Notes

  • For terms and conditions or to enter the competition please visit https://www.ncvo.org.uk/members-area/photo-competition
  • PhotoVoice is a charity which promotes the ethical use of photography for positive change. For more information, visit www.photovoice.org or contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • theprintspace was launched in 2007 and has quickly grown to become the UK’s leading professional photo and fine art printing service. They offer printing, mounting and framing, both online and in-house in Shoreditch, London. A firm favourite with creative artists and photographers, theprintspace’s award-winning service offers gallery-standard quality at affordable prices, which is why they are consistently chosen by Turner Prize-winning artists and National Portrait Gallery award-winners. For more information, visit https://www.theprintspace.co.uk/ or contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • All entries from last year’s competition can be viewed on Flickr.
  • For enquiries about the competition contact Woody Faulkner, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / 020 7520 2473
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