Lockdown in pictures: pandemic inspires young people to get behind the lens

” The concept is to support youths, who are residing on the estates, who have actually dropped out of school and are getting associated with drugs and gangs,” described Andrew Page, the foundations founder. “The courses give them favorable skills, self-confidence, all those things that will help them into apprenticeships and work.”

A photography competitors challenged young people in the UK to record life under lockdown. Here are some of the entries

From living space beach holidays to neon-lit house exercises, the quiet eccentricities of life in lockdown have been documented by youths in the UK as part of a nationwide photography competition.

Lockdown: Taking a Positive View was launched by Positive View, a charity that runs photography-based empowerment programs for youths in a few of the UKs most deprived areas.

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The winner of the competitors was 25-year-old Alma Rosaz, who scooped ₤ 1,000 for Dreaming of the Beach (primary image, above). The photo depicts her and her partner hanging out of the window of their London flat dressed for a sunny day at the seaside.

” We were getting many calls from youths asking if there was anything else they could do,” Page told Positive News. “Thats how this task happened– it was quite their idea.”

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Nevertheless, with the coronavirus crisis forcing the structures in person tasks to close momentarily, Positive View introduced an across the country online photography competitors after receiving nervous phone calls from individuals, who might no longer take part in its program.

Felix Ziegler won second reward for his picture of Barbies reminding people to stay 2m apart

Second place and ₤ 500 went to Felix Zeigler, who also resides in London, for 2 Metres Apart, a smartphone-shot of Barbies lined up in somebodys window, which he took while out strolling in Paddington.

Nevertheless, despite the success of the competition, Page is eager for lockdown to end so the charity can get back to running its face-to-face photography programs. “They are altering lives,” he says.

Entries for the next Lockdown: Taking a Positive View photography competition open in May. There is also a local competitors for 11 to 25-year-olds in Westminster, which released yesterday.

” I actually truly delighted in lockdown as I had quite a tough 2 years prior to it, and wound up dropping out of school,” stated the 19-year-old. “With everyone around me progressing, I discovered lockdown was a time for me to catch up while the world was just on time out.”

Third location and ₤ 250 went to Surrey-based Flo Hendriks for Florentines Quarantine, which depicts her resting amid loo roll and tins of baked beans– a tongue-in-cheek referral to worry buying.

Buoyed by the success of its nationwide photography competition, Positive View will introduce the first annual UK Youth Photography Awards later on this year.

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Here are some other photographs that caught judges eyes among the 3,500 entries.

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