FRIEND-SHIP: Photography Award 2019 x Youmanity


This October Youmanity invites you to enter their Annual Photography competition. Both amateur and professional photographers welcome – submission is free and the theme, this year, is ‘Friend-Ship’.

This award launched on 10th September this year coincide with World Suicide Prevention Day; celebrating friendships and encouraging you to connect with friends or re-connect with long-lost friends, relatives or anyone you have not seen in a while but has always been there for you.

“Those who find a friend find a treasure”

Friends are vital to our lives and for our mental health. It is often through friends that we learn the most about ourselves. We go on incredible journey with friends and survive adversity standing by them. Through time we develop important emotional connections, which give us the courage to show who we really are on the inside. A good friend, therefore, is a patient gardener, willing to nurture in times of need as much as celebrate in times of joy. According to the World Health Organisation, every year 800,000 people take their own lives, and many more attempt to. Isolation is a main reason for suicide, feeling misunderstood and alone. Friendship, togetherness, and connection, then, are as vital as ever.

BRIEF: Through photography we would like you to celebrate friendship and the friends to whom we owe so much. Friend-Ship encourages you to pick up your camera and take a portrait of that special person or capture a moment, which embodies this treasured connection. The judges are looking for visual impact, originality, and sensitivity.

EXHIBITION: The Friend-Ship Photography Exhibition will showcase the top 20 entries at the House of Commons 2-5/12/2019.

PRIZE: The winning portrait will be awarded £1,000 cash prize.

ENTRIES: Submission is free and the closing date for entries is 25/10/2019 with Winners announced 11/11/2019. Upload your entry HERE!


Anne Williams – Documentary Photography Historian

Aris Kourkoumelis – Asst. Curator of Photographs,The Royal Collection Trust

Brandei Estes – Head of Photography, Sotheby’s

Max Houghton – MA Photojournalism Lead, London College of Communication

Michael Pritchard, Director-General, The Royal Photographic Society

Neil Kenlock – Social documentary photographer

Priya Nagda-Swainson – Suicide Prevention Worker,Papyrus

Renée Mussai – Curator, Autograph ABP

Steve Macleod – Director, Metro Imaging

  1. FRIEND-SHIP open call c/o Youmanity
  2. Winning Image, 2016 Award ‘imAge’ – Elise Jacon, New York
  3. Winning Image, 2015 Award ‘Freedom to Love’ – Liza Van Der Stock, Ghent
  4. Judging Panel 2018 Award © Richard Lipman