Curated by BAFTA and multi-award-winning photographer Alison Jackson, A Day In Your Life is a community-minded project set up to help under-represented, disadvantaged and minority young, aspiring photographers and creatives from ages 4 to 24 years. The competition is open to anyone interested in photography, using a phone or camera, from any skill level.
This Thursday, 25th Jan, an exhibition of the winning entries will be held at Cadogan Hall. Judges in attendance include Sir Trevor Phillips, photographer Richard Young, MBE artist Chila Burman, Ben Burdett from Atlas Photography Gallery, and Nick Rhodes from Duran Duran.
For 5 years, A Day In Your Life has operated a series of skills-led photography and creative workshops run in the summer holidays in youth clubs, schools, trusts and community centres in Kensington & Chelsea.
Now expanding to Westminster boroughs, Alison and her team teach all aspects of photography and skills relating to it, such as directing, acting, modelling, styling, make-up, lighting, fashion, business, and communications.
The aspiring photographers benefit from further education, mentorships, work placements, apprenticeships and job opportunities in the creative industries, such as with the University of the Arts, Science Museum, V&A, and Parliament, amongst others.
This culminates in an annual exhibition and prizegiving ceremony of the incredible, winning photographs – last year’s exhibition was held at the world-renowned Saatchi Gallery.
This year, the A Day In Your Life award ceremony will be held at Cadogan Hall courtesy of sponsors Cadogan Estates.
“Everyone should have a chance to shine. The reason I started this photography competition was for everyone to have the same fantastic opportunities I have had within the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, specifically the outstanding education available that can lead to so much more, so I have made the prizes primarily educational and vocational.
“There are many extremely talented people out there, and I want to give a chance to those who haven’t had one before. I want to discover new talent and aspiring photographers with fresh ‘ways of seeing.” Alison Jackson, Founder.
“Cadogan is proud to sponsor such an impactful community project which offers life-changing opportunities to hundreds of aspiring young photographers and artists across the local neighbourhood – Alison cares deeply, and while the competition is open to all, she focuses on directly reaching those who would not usually have this kind of privileged access to leading artists, arts organisations and mentors.
A Day in Your Life has the power to change lives and uncover the creative visionaries of the future, opening doors for young people to high-quality education and paid work in the creative industries.” Hugh Seaborn, Chief Executive of Cadogan.
In previous years, winners had their work exhibited at Saatchi Gallery, SaatchiArt, PhotoLondon, The RBKC Town Hall and The Duke of York Square.
Lead image: Photographer: Nihal, 7 y/o; Model: Hajar, 9 y/o – Dalgarno Trust -Saatchi gallery A Day in Your Life Photography.