Young Photographer

The Rotary Young Photographer competition gives participants the chance to express themselves through photography, whilst interpreting the competition’s annual theme in an imaginative way.

Photography has the power to capture special places, moments and memories. The Rotary Young Photographer competition gives participants the chance to express themselves through photography, whilst interpreting the competition’s annual theme in an imaginative way. For non-Rotarians interested in finding out more please contact your local Rotary club in the first instance.

Rules & Guidance Notes for the 2025 competition are on the Rotary GB&I website - please use the National Entry Form

Schools should contact their local Rotary club to arrange entry to club heats. Clubs can determin their own rules/requirements (but see note below re entry to District). Each club will decide their own entry deadline, but this will generally be by early January to allow one month for the club winning entries to be assessed by them for entry to District.

Club entries should be e-mailed (with a fully completed, current-year, and signed entry form - please scan as a separate attachment) to Howard Ferdinando. The entry guidelines document is on the Rotary GB&I website. Every club may submit one entry in each age category - this would normally be the winners of the club competition. For clubs who engage with more than one school I will accept one entry per age category per school - should a club not be able to decide on just a single entry. Digital copies only are needed as this is now the procedure for entry to Rotary GB&I. Club entries for the 1180 round need to be received by the deadline date - in 2025 this is Friday 28th March.

Rotarians are encouraged to carefully read the rules - these have changed in the last two or three years, and in short:

Only one photo is required. (Note: If 3 are sent as per the old rules, then the judges will use discretion to pick the best and to judge that one). 

* Prints are NOT required. Digital only - to be e-mailed. It is recommended that pictures are sent as .jpg files of between 1 and 2 megabytes. It is required that the maximum must not exceed 15MB.

The 2024-25 Rotary Youth Competition Guidelines document contains everything a Rotary club needs to know about offering these competitions to young people in their community. For ease of reference, the 24/25 theme is "Wonderful Water" - this theme similarly applies to both Young Writer and to Young Artist.


The 2018 competition has taken place.

Winners were:

Junior - Philippa Graybrook, sponsored by the RC of Nantwich . Her photos are displayed here. The set theme was "a different perspective" and Philippa looked at the flowers from the bird's perspective, then looked at the bird from another perspective........very imaginative for a 10 year old, and excellent photography too.

Intermediate - Poppi Thomson, sponsored by the RC of Liverpool South 

These two winning entries were submitted to Rotary GB&I as the District entries. Philippa Graybrook's entry was placed 3rd nationally - well done to Philippa. Rotary GB&I judges comment was "Good composition, colour, using good angles".


The 2019 competition results:

Senior - Peter Cliough, entered by Bebington

Intermediate - Anthony Marriott, entered by Bebington

Junior - no qualifying entries (see note below!). The entry from Izzy Devereaux, via Liverpool South club, was assessed as "winner", but (on several technicalities) could not be sent to Rotary GB&I.


The 2021 competition results:

The District winner (Intermediate) was Sarah Gajdos (Wirral Grammar School for Girls). There were no entries for the other categories - the coronavirus pandemic was presumably the cause.

Sarah's entry went to RGBI as the District entry, but did not win. Competition was tough.

The 2022 competition saw no entries - for understandable reasons.

No entries were received for the 2023 competition.

No entries were received for the 2024 competition.

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