It’s Your Blooming City – Express Yourself

Young people across the city are being challenged to showcase their photography skills for a cash prize.RG13

In a bid to drive creativity, the new Blooming Big Aberdeen photo competition invites 16-25 year olds to capture inspiration through images of the city and through interaction between generations.

The competition, run by ACVO, the third sector interface for Aberdeen City, aims to encourage self-expression and engagement – with the winner receiving a cash prize of £1,000 at an exhibition of finalists in summer 2016.

Alison Chandler, Funding & Business Planning Officer for ACVO, said: “We want to work with local projects so that they can use the competition to bring help young people to express their own creativity and to bring older people and younger people together in their communities

“We will welcome entries from students, from young people supported by charities and from the staff and customers of local businesses.

“The word “Blooming” is tongue-in-cheek and is used so that entrants can express themselves freely – not just taking pictures of pretty flowers.”

The competition is one of a series of upcoming events created as a result of the Big Aberdeen event which took place in September 2014.

Big Aberdeen is a collaborative effort between cultural, public, private and third sector organisations in an attempt to encourage a joined-up approach to the city.

Entry forms are now available and an expert judging panel from the worlds of photography, marketing, volunteering and environmental service will meet to consider entries.

Entrants can use camera phones or other equipment in five categories – including “Conceptual and Expressive” as well as “Nature in Bloom.”

Paula Middleton, Account Director for Abyss Marketing, said: “Being a local agency with strong ties to Aberdeen and the surrounding area, we are absolutely delighted to be involved in this very worthy and somewhat unusual project.

‘We’re particularly looking forward to working with our fellow partners on the judging panel to review all the entries over the coming months.”