The UK-wide ‘Lockdown: Taking a positive view’ 2020 Youth Photography Awards’ was conceived by the Positive View Foundation as an emergency Covid-19 cultural arts event in partnership with The Royal Photographic Society, and is generously supported by The Arts Council.
Its aim was to enable young people aged 16-25 to document, record, and expose the issues they have had to contend with during the Coronavirus lockdown.
This is the UK's first high-profile photography prize exclusively focused on young people, many of whom have grown up in disadvantaged backgrounds. For the majority, participating in this unique competition has been the first time that they have discovered the power of photography as a means of expressing their hidden creative skills. Mental health has been and still is a huge issue for everyone, especially through these stressful times and it was felt that the power of photography was a good way for the young people to express themselves, or just to focus on a project to keep them busy through these trying times.
Members of the judging panel are renowned UK photographers: Nadav Kander; Lucy Mohr; Simon Roberts; Richard Young. Between them they have chosen the winning three entries as well as the 10 Highly Commended images, all of which can be viewed when you visit our Virtual Exhibition below.