Hold Still national project for Young Carers

11th June 2020

“The Children’s Society and The National portrait gallery have linked up for their ‘Hold Still’ project.

They are inviting Young Carers from across the country to submit a photo from a day in their life during coronavirus, something that represents them/their lives. They would like to showcase some of the young carers lives from submissions they get. They can’t promise every photo will be used but they would like to highlight young carers as part of their gallery and Hold Still project.

Overview of the project
“Spearheaded by The Duchess of Cambridge, Patron of the National Portrait Gallery, Hold Still, a portrait of our nation in 2020, is an ambitious community project to create a unique photographic portrait which captures the spirit, mood, hopes, fears and feelings of the nation as we continue to deal with the Coronavirus outbreak.

Whilst many people’s lives are on hold to help protect our helpers and heroes, there are some that are working harder than ever, and others that are enduring the upheaval of hardship and loss. Hold Still will capture a snapshot of the people of the UK at this time, creating a collective portrait of our nation which will reflect resilience and bravery, humour and sadness, creativity and kindness, human tragedy and hope as we hold still for the good of others, and celebrate those who have continued so we can stay safe.

The Duchess and the National Portrait Gallery invite you to submit your own photographic portrait, taken during these extraordinary times, which responds to one of the following themes:

• Helpers and Heroes
• Your New Normal
• Acts of Kindness

One hundred shortlisted portraits will feature in a virtual exhibition on the Gallery’s website and a selection of images will also be shown across the UK later in the year.

The project is completely free and open to all ages and abilities. Images must involve people, and can be captured on phones or cameras. Each image will be assessed on the emotion and experience it conveys rather than its photographic quality or technical expertise.”

As they are keen to get the project underway really soon, the deadline for submitting photos is 5pm on MONDAY (15TH JUNE). Entries can be e-mailed to Andy.McGowan@caringtogether.org or sent via Whatsapp to 07843 329674.

To enter, young carers (or their parent) need to send:

  • Their photo (which must involve people in some way) – I have attached an example of a photo which has already been submitted by a young carer in Norfolk.
  • Their first name and age
  • A description of what the photo represents

For each photo submitted, young carers will be entered into a prize draw to win a £10 Amazon gift voucher (there are 2 up for grabs).

By the young person submitting the entry to the project, they (and their parent/guardian) are consenting for the photo (along with their first name and age and description of the photo) to be used online in the gallery and/or The Children’s Society young carers awareness-raising work.

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