District Young Photographer of the Year 2016/17

This years theme is called Reflection.


District 1190 Young Photographer 2016/17


This last year saw some incredible entries from the Rotary Clubs of Fleetwood, Grange-over-Sands, Church and Oswaldtwistle, Keswick, Carlisle and Blackburn.


This year’s theme is titled “Reflection” Try to thing outside the box and come up with something original. The title immediately lends itself to water or glass and whilst there is nothing wrong with that use your imagination to think of other avenues. For example, reflection can also be used as a term to describe serious thought or consideration of contemplation and meditation.


As a professional advertising photographer some years back if I struggled with a brief I would look up a Rogers Thesaurus to break down meanings and come up with new descriptive’s that would often spark thought and lead me to new avenues I had not previously thought of. Try it, its also a great way of learning new and fancy words. Your English teacher will love you!


When you submit your photographs some of you last year went to the very real trouble of mounting them with cardboard surrounds.  There is no need to do this.  It is the photographs that are being judged not the surrounds. Also some entries were sent in without digital copies on a CD. This does create problems.  I am more than happy for you to send your applications forms and photographs in electronically but the photographs must be original quality which usually means a file size for each picture of at least 6MB.


Finally, may I wish you all the very best of luck and happy snapping!


Please send your entries to myself at Badgers Croft, Blackpool Road, Newton-with-Scales, Preston, PR4 3RE or electronically to badgerscroft@me.com





Information Pack for 2016 – 2017







This National Young Photographer Competition is a well-established and successful competition promoted by Rotary International in Britain and Ireland (Rotary GB&I).


It is a three-stage competition designed to support and encourages development of photographic skills.




This competition aims to encourage young people to:


·            Experiment with photography

·            Use digital or traditional methods of photography

·            Show interpretation of their chosen topic

·            express their ideas through the medium of photography


Who can take part?


The competition is open all schools and college communities including those that are home educated and any other young people’s community organisations, for example, community RotaKids, community Interact, Scout Groups, Girl Guides.


There three age groups:


Junior                  7 to 10 years old

Intermediate       11 to 13 years old

Senior               14 to 17 years old


on 31 August 2016.


With the age qualifying date of 31st August 2016, it should be noted that some junior entrants may be 11, intermediate entrants may be 14 and some senior entrants may be 18 at the time of some or all the stage competitions i.e. a competitor may be 17 on 31st August but turns 18 on 1st September is allowed to enter. Competitors must include their date of birth on the application form.


Students should enter the competition organised by the local Rotary Club through their respective group as detailed above.


Competitors, school, colleges, and organisations can participate in a District that is outside of their boundary, but can only compete in one Club/District competition.


The Three Stages of the Competition


Local Heats     

Organised by local Rotary Clubs. Age group winners of local heats are entered into a District Competition.


Local Rotary Clubs can be found by using the club finder facility in the bottom left hand corner of the Rotary International in Britain and Ireland (Rotary GB&I) home web page. www.rotarygbi.org/.


District Competitions

Organised by Rotary. Age group winners of District competitions are entered into the National Final.


National Final  

Organised by Rotary. One entry per age group per District may be submitted by Monday 8th May 2017 to the organiser, Peter Dowse, 14 Stocksfield, Kelvedon Hatch, Brentwood, Essex. England CM15 0BU.


The dates for Local Heats and District Competition will be determined locally. Interested parties should check dates with their local Rotary Club.


Competition Guidelines



To produce a portfolio of three photographs based upon the theme, ‘Reflection’ in colour or black and white on photographic paper. Prints to be submitted separately. Each print, including any mount should be no larger than A4 size. Mobile Phones may be used.


No actual examples will be show here as it will be up to the individual competitors to show their interpretation of the chosen topic.


District competition winners will be asked for a digital copy in jpg format and ideally 5MB for an A4 sized print, on disc (CD-R) as part of the National final submission. Please ensure every photograph, disc or memory stick submitted is clearly labelled with the name of the entrant.


In addition, each entrant should provide a brief sentence of what each photograph represents in relation to the theme.


Please Note: Photographs which include people under 18 years old must be accompanied by written permission from the parent, guardian or carer of the person photographed.


Entries should be sent to the Stage organiser by the closing date.


Photographs may not be returned unless specifically requested.



With appropriate skills, appointed by Rotary, will apply the judging criteria below.


Judging Criteria          

Judges will consider technical merit; content and composition; imagination and style.


Only in exceptional circumstance, at the sole discretion of the competition organiser, will correspondence or discussions be entered into following a competition by the competition organiser.



At all stages of the competition, competitors will receive a certificate of participation. The National winners will be given appropriate awards.


How to enter


To enter a local heat, interested parties should contact their local Rotary Club. In case of difficulty interested parties should contact the National organiser, Peter Dowse, young-photographer@rotarygbi.org for assistance.


Entrants need to complete the two pages Entry Form at the end of this Information Pack and submit it, with their photographs, to the stage organiser at the time specified by the stage organiser.


Youth Competitions     


This Young Photographer competition is one of seven competitions organised by Rotary International Britain and Ireland for young people. The others are: Young Chef, Young Musician, Young Writer, Youth Speaks the Young Citizens Awards and the Technology Tournament. To find out more about these competitions and other opportunities please contact your local Rotary Club or use the following link:


Rotary GB&I Youth Competitions


Working with Children

Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland has adopted this statement of policy in working with children, the vulnerable and those with disability.

The needs and rights of the child, the elderly, the vulnerable and those with disability take priority. It is the duty of every Rotarian to safeguard to the best of their ability, the welfare of and prevent the physical, sexual or emotional abuse and neglect of all children, the elderly, persons with disability or otherwise vulnerable persons with whom they come into contact during their Rotarian duties.


ENTRY FORM 2016-17


Please read this Information Pack before completing this form clearly.


By signing this form you confirm you have read, understood and agreed to the Information Pack.


This form is to be submitted with three photographs and a brief sentence about each photograph in relation to the theme.


Rotary respects your rights and does not claim copyright for works you submit to this contest. You will retain full copyright in each entry.  In addition your moral rights are respected.  Whenever your work is published by Rotary (and its partners), you will be credited.  Failure to publish a credit due to error or oversight shall not be deemed a breach of this condition.


By entering this contest you agree that any (winning or shortlisted) work you submit may be used by Rotary (and its partners) solely for marketing and promotional purposes of this contest or future contests and for no other purpose.  These uses include:-


1.     judging the competition,

2.     displaying the entries on the competition website (and websites of partners),

3.     displaying the entries at public exhibitions to promote the competition,

4.     displaying the entries in a book, magazine or similar,

5.     publishing the entries on posters to promote the competition,

6.     publishing the entries on postcards to promote the competition,

7.     publishing the entries on a calendar to promote the competition,

8.     cropping and re-sizing the work as necessary to fit pre-defined formats to promote the competition,

9.     sub-licensing the entries to the press for reproduction in connection with the competition and any related exhibition,

10.   inclusion within any materials promoting the competition or any exhibition of works from this competition organised by Rotary.


You hereby grant Rotary a non-exclusive, irrevocable licence in each entry throughout the world in all media for the issues described above for 3 years following the date of announcement of the winners.


Please note that photographs of people under 18 years old must be accompanied by written permission from the parent, guardian or carer of the person/s photographed



Entrant’s Name

Age on 31st August 2016-                           Date of Birth –




Age Category                              Junior     Intermediate    Senior    (please tick category)

Home Address


Tel No

Camera make & model


Auxiliary lens and filters used (if applicable)


Entrant’s signature (I declare that the three photographs are entirely my own work)





Contact Person


Tel No

Sponsored by Rotary Club of



Contact Person


Tel No



For any entrant under the age of 18 at the date of the competition, the parent, guardian or carer of the above entrant has given permission:


·       For the named person to take part and be identified in the competition.  Yes/No


·       For photographic/video records to be taken and used for Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland (Rotary GB&I) publicity purposes in printed, electronic and online formats.  Yes/No


·       In signing this form the parent/guardian/carer allows permission for contact by the Rotary GB&I, District and Club Public Relations Officers for public relations purposes.                 Yes/No


Any entrant over 18 at the date of the competition should sign this declaration below. No permission from a parent, guardian or carer is required.


Not agreeing to c and d does not preclude the individual from entering the competition.


Parent Guardian Carer Entrant (please print name and tick status)





This form can be used for all stages of the competition. Tick box to indicate the stage for this entry


District        /  Regional

Rotary GB&I (National)


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