My Britain Photography Competition Announced

Identity and community evoke powerful emotions, ideas and images with people from all ages and backgrounds in the UK, however it is even more emotive for young people growing up around the country. Do Britain's youth share a similar perspective on life? What affects them emotionally? How important is family and their social group? What concerns them? Getty Images is addressing all of these questions by offering 13 to 18 year olds across the country the opportunity to express how they see themselves and their lives through My Britain, a unique photography competition that will go live on 4 July 2007. Entrants will be able to take part and submit their images that reflect their lives, communities and feelings of what it's like for a young person to live in today's Britain, by visitingthis page.

The winner of Getty Images' My Britain competition will receive an exclusive one-day internship with a renowned Getty Images photographer in the area of his/her choice and will be able to choose from news, sport and entertainment photography or creative photography which is so visible in advertising. So the winner could find themselves shooting a Premiership football match from the sidelines, or may spend time in London covering one of the day's top news stories. They could even hobnob with the stars at a photo shoot of one of today's top celebrities in music or film.

Judging the competition will be a panel of experts from Getty Images, including creative guru, Lewis Blackwell, Getty Images' Group Creative Director; industry renowned Managing Editor of News, Hugh Pinney, Creative Planning Director, Rebecca Swift and Adrian Murrell, legendary cricket photographer and Global Vice President of Editorial. Leading photographer and Royal Photographic Society fellow, Tom Stoddart will also be on the judging panel. The judges will view each submission from the My Britain competition and will select a photographer from each region that they feel best expressed identity or their community through imagery. The judges look forward to viewing submissions that range from gritty and realistic to fun and creative, that will no doubt offer a unique insight into the competitors' lives.

My Britain will run from 4 July until 15 September 2007. The shortlist of regional finalists from the South East, South West, London, West Midlands, East Midlands, East Anglia, North East, Yorkshire, North West, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland will be announced in September 2007 followed by the announcement of the overall winner.

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