“Creating kitsch and theatrical situations in surroundings we were all dreaming of while confined in our homes acted as an escape for me.”
Conceived by the Positive View Foundation and the Royal Photographic Society, and supported by the Arts Council, the Youth Photography Awards 2020 saw 3,500 entries on its theme, ‘Lockdown: Taking a positive view’.
Positive View Foundation launched the competition in May 2020 as an opportunity for young people aged from 16 to 25 years old to document and give their vision of the issues they encountered during the Coronavirus lockdown.
Positive View Foundation’s founder and chief executive Andrew Page said: “We know first hand how the Covid-19 lockdown has created high levels of mental-health issues, isolation, and vulnerability amongst 16- to 25-years-olds across the UK.”
“These young people have shown the power of photography to document their personal experiences of lockdown while at the same time supporting their own well-being during a challenging time”, said Royal Photographic Society’s chief executive Evan Dawson, when addressing the matter.
“Inspiration came from reminiscing about life before Covid-19”, said Alma Rosaz, who won the £1,000 first prize with her work ‘Dreaming of a Beach’. “Creating kitsch and theatrical situations in surroundings we were all dreaming of while confined in our homes acted as an escape for me. Not being allowed to see anyone, the only models available were myself and my partner.”