New photography competition challenges kids and teens to take ‘alternative selfie’

Sharp Shots Photo Club and The Royal Photographic Society launch competition that invites young people to explore their identity through photographs.

Sharp Shots Photo Club, the UK’s number one provider of kids and teens’ photography courses, has partnered with The Royal Photographic Society (RPS) and Nikon School to launch their latest photography competition. ‘The Alternative Selfie’ calls for young people, aged between 7-15 years, to capture a series of images that tell the story of who they are, going beyond the standard ‘selfie’.

The competition is now open and accepting entries until 31 August, when it closes. Judges will select their winner based on originality, creativity and the most cohesive story told, as well as photographic skill. A Nikon Coolpix W100 Digital Camera, worth £129, will be awarded to the age 7-11 category winner, and a Nikon Coolpix P900 Digital Camera, retailing at £539, for the age 12-15 category winner.

The winning entrants will also receive an RPS goody bag and have their work displayed in an online gallery on the RPS website, along with 10 runners-up.

Lillian Spibey, award-winning lifestyle photographer and founder of Sharp Shots Photo Club, said, “Young people have grown used to expressing themselves through carefully-curated social media posts, in which they use ‘selfies’ to construct their digital selves.

“We decided to launch this competition to challenge ‘selfie culture’, encouraging kids and teens to explore their identity in a way that goes beyond physical appearance. We hope that through this, they will be able to express their individuality and tell their story from behind the lens, rather than looking into it.”

Liz Williams, education manager at RPS, added: “Photography is embedded in everyday life – and never more so than with younger people who spend more and more time viewing, visually documenting and publishing events and non-events in their lives. It’s important that we encourage them to be critical of their images as well as creative.

“Photography competitions are a great fun way of getting young people to consider what they photograph and to take the time to stop, analyse and question how they express meaning in their images. The RPS is very happy to be working with Sharp Shots as it encourages children and teens to take up a camera and have fun learning, which after all is the best way to learn.”

The Alternative Selfie is a UK-wide competition for young people aged between 7-15 years old. Entry will be in two age categories: 7-11 years and 10-15 years. Entries close at midnight on 31 August 2018.

Kids and teens can enter via Instagram, following and tagging Sharp Shots and RPS using the hashtag #SSaltselfie, or via email. For more information on how to enter the competition, go to:

Winners will be announced on social media on 7 September and also contacted via email or direct message.

Good luck!!!

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