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Centenary Photographic Competition 2022: Controlling the Climate Crisis

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Our second annual photographic competition in 2021 received a wealth of entries, with a wide range of interpretations of around the theme of Fresh Air Fresh Thinking, and we were particularly impressed with the large number submitted by primary school students.

We are pleased to again invite entries for 2022. Exploring the key link between the creative arts and STEM, the competition is, as usual, to encourage primary and secondary school students to use their imagination and creative skills. On this basis, it is open to anyone in full time or part time education in Essex. However, this year we will also have an adult category open to any Essex resident or worker.

Climate change and global warming should be on everybody's agenda. From simple things like walking to school/work and planting trees to technological solutions like green power and carbon capture, we can begin to reduce greenhouse gases and our carbon footprint. Changes in lifestyles, technology, food, farming etc all provide a wealth of inspiration as to how we can help ensure a better world for future generations, so continuing last year’s environmental theme, this year's competition is:

Controlling the Climate Crisis

We want you to take photographs that express what you think are the ways in which we are starting to mitigate against the climate crisis. Each photograph should be accompanied with a short explanation (not more than 50 words) of the story or thoughts behind it.

Centenary Photographic CompetitionTake out your camera or your phone and snap some photos that encapsulate the essence of climate change and the role of science and technology. We will be looking for photos that are creative in their approach, with an innovative angle on the subject, or have a creative interpretation of the themes.

There are three categories of entry: one for primary school students, one for secondary school students and one for adults living and/or working in Essex. The entries will be shortlisted by members of CSES and a panel of judges will select a winner from the shortlisted entries in each category.

The prizes in each category are: 1st (£60 voucher), 2nd (£30 voucher) and 3rd (£20 voucher) place. The winners and selected entries will be displayed in an online exhibition and may feature in future publicity materials.

Click here to submit your entry. (Please make sure to read the FAQs, terms and conditions first!)

Entries must be submitted no later than Friday 10 June 2022.

FAQs

How do I enter the photo competition? Simply fill in the online entry form. (Please make sure to read the rest of the FAQs, terms and conditions first!)

Who can enter? Any primary or secondary aged student living or being taught (in school or at home) in Essex, any Essex resident or anyone who works in Essex.

How many photos may I submit? Each entrant can submit a maximum of 3 images reflecting the STEAM theme.

How will my photograph be judged? Judging consists of two rounds for each category. In round one the judges will shortlist the best 10 images in each age group. The entries selected in round one will proceed to round two, where the judges will select a first, second and third place winner in each category.

How will the final winners be announced? The winners, and those who were shortlisted, will be notified by email between the closing date and the announcement date (see above). Winners will be announced on the website thereafter.

What are the prizes? In each age category: 1st prize £60 voucher, 2nd prize £35 voucher, 3rd prize £20 voucher. Winners and runners-up will be invited to an awards evening at the end of the academic year.

I'd like to enter a photo that has previously been in another competition. Is that allowed? You may not enter a photo that has previously been in another competition, but you may enter a photo that you are also submitting to this year's Chelmsford City Photo Competition (if it is running).

Will my photographs be seen online? Some images may be published on the CSES website and our partner's websites.

Is image manipulation allowed in the photo contest? Yes, image manipulation is allowed.

When I submit a photo to the photo competition, what rights does CSES have to my image? CSES will have the nonexclusive, perpetual right to use your image in connection with the competition and promoting the Society, in any media now or in the future.

Are release forms required when submitting a photograph to the photo contest? By submitting a photograph, you are confirming that you are the owner of the image and the copyright. If your photograph contains an image of yourself or someone else, you must get your/their parent or guardian to submit a signed image consent form.

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