Going beyond the 'Selfie'

We live in the age of the 'selfie' culture - we're probably all guilty of it (I definitely am) - and our kids certainly are! So, how would you like to encourage your children to go beyond the selfie and take part in an amazing photography competition? That's what The Royal Photographic Society and Sharp Shots Photo Club are doing this summer. Running from now until 31st August, your kids can take part in this amazing competition to show how they would illustrate themselves from behind the camera rather than in front of it. What better way to give your kids something fun and creative to do in the impending long summer holidays.

The competition is now open and accepting entries until 31 August, when it closes. Judges will select their winner based on originality, creativity and the most cohesive story told, as well as photographic skill. A Nikon Coolpix W100 Digital Camera, worth £129, will be awarded to the age 7-11 category winner, and a Nikon Coolpix P900 Digital Camera, retailing at £539, for the age 12-15 category winner.

The winning entrants will also receive an RPS goody bag and have their work displayed in an online gallery on the RPS website, along with 10 runners-up.

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 Lillian Spibey, award-winning lifestyle photographer and founder of Sharp Shots Photo Club, said, “Young people have grown used to expressing themselves through carefully-curated social media posts, in which they use ‘selfies’ to construct their digital selves.

 “We decided to launch this competition to challenge ‘selfie culture’, encouraging kids and teens to explore their identity in a way that goes beyond physical appearance. We hope that through this, they will be able to express their individuality and tell their story from behind the lens, rather than looking into it.”  

Liz Williams, education manager at RPS, added: “Photography is embedded in everyday life – and never more so than with younger people who spend more and more time viewing, visually documenting and publishing events and non-events in their lives. It's important that we encourage them to be critical of their images as well as creative.  

 “Photography competitions are a great fun way of getting young people to consider what they photograph and to take the time to stop, analyse and question how they express meaning in their images. The RPS is very happy to be working with Sharp Shots as it encourages children and teens to take up a camera and have fun learning, which after all is the best way to learn.”

The competition is open to all children UK wide and is split into 2 categories, age 7 - 11 and age 10 -15.  

Kids and teens can enter via Instagram, following and tagging Sharp Shots and RPS using the hashtag #SSaltselfie, or via email. For more information on how to enter the competition, go to: https://sharpshotsphotoclub.co.uk/royal-photographic-society/

Winners will be announced on social media on 7 September and also contacted via email or direct message. Follow Sharp Shots Photo Club on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to stay updated.

*The Confidence Club is not involved in any way in this competition and is only posting as an interesting activity for children in line with our belief that all children and young people should be provided with interesting opportunities to develop their sense of self and self confidence*