Our Photography Competition
We’re thrilled to announce our CEWE Inspiring Moments Competition, in association with mental health charity, MIND.
We’re on a mission to help people rediscover the joy of photography! We are huge believers in using creative hobbies as a healthy way to relieve stress and anxiety, in particular, using photography as a way to share your own unique point of view. It’s also a great way to capture and remember the best of life’s moments, and looking back on fond memories can be beneficial to emotional well-being. That’s why we’ve launched our Inspiring Moments photo competition; to encourage you all to express your worldview through our favourite medium, and raise money for a good cause in the process.
We’d like to invite all of you to pick up your cameras, take your best shots, and share them with us. The competition is open to everyone aged 18 plus, amateurs and professionals alike! Twelve photographs will be selected by celebrity photographer Julian Calverly, and published in a very special bespoke charity calendar. For every one of these calendars sold, we’ll be donating £5 to MIND, to help them continue their important work, as well as an additional £3 for every personalised calendar we sell through to the end of 2018. All winners will also receive a £50 CEWE voucher, and one overall winner will be awarded a £500 voucher from Wilkinson Cameras.
For more information on how to enter, head over to our competition page.
A UK Photo Competition for Mental Health
We’re living in an age where social media reigns supreme, and for good reason; it’s a fantastic way to keep in touch with long-distance family, reconnect with old friends and meet new people with similar interests. With over 3 billion people worldwide actively using social media platforms every day, for many of us it’s become a part of our daily lives, whether we’re Tweeting our thoughts or Instagramming pictures. This rise in social media has gone hand in hand with a rise in smartphone photography, with our phone’s built-in camera carried in a convenient pocket wherever we go.
As photography is at the heart of everything CEWE do, we took a deeper look into how social media impacts the photo-taking habits of the average person in the UK. We conducted a study, which revealed that the average person is now taking upwards of five photographs a day, spending 44 minutes perfecting and editing their shot, and that over a third (36%) of 25-34 year olds are taking the majority of their photos for the sole purpose of sharing them on social media. However, once taken and shared most of our photos are left to collect virtual dust; we found that the average person in the UK has more than 584 photos stored on their phone, however less than a third (29%) of these photos are ever looked at and enjoyed again.
The rise in social media has wider effects that aren’t entirely positive for everyone. Over the past few years, there’s been mounting evidence that social media use can sometimes have adverse affects on some peoples’ mental health and emotional well-being. While conducting our own study, 41% of 25-34 year-olds stated that they sometimes feel stressed or anxious about the content they upload to share on social media, and with 34% admitting that their photo taking and sharing had caused an argument with their partner at some point in the past.
We spoke to Dr. Mark Griffiths, Professor of Behavioural Addiction at Nottingham Trent University.
These findings echo what has been found by psychologists over the past few years, demonstrating that a minority of individuals suffer negative mental health effects of excessive social media use. For most people, the taking of photos to post on social media is life affirming and life enhancing, but the pressure to take ‘perfect’ pictures can take up a lot of time and energy for some individuals, which can have other negative knock-on effects.Dr. Mark Griffith
Let’s Rediscover the Joy of Photography
To us here at CEWE, photography is all about capturing life’s best moments. Taking a snapshot of something beautiful, and reliving the moment every time you look back on it. We want to encourage everyone to rediscover photography as a creative outlet, not just throwaway social media content, and use your talents to raise money for a great cause in the process.
Why We’re Partnering with MIND
MIND are a fantastic charity, who offer advice and support to empower those experiencing mental health problems. With the number of people in the UK being diagnosed with depression and anxiety disorders at an all-time high, we think their work is more important than ever, and we’re proud to work with them in this very special competition.
If you’re feeling inspired to join in, click on over to our photography competition page to find out more and submit your entry today.