Islanders are being encouraged to enter a competition that aims to capture Jersey's diversity and vibrancy. The Island Identity Photography Competition 2021 has launched with the theme of 'Defining Jersey'. Entrants can capture their photographs on any device and can submit as many images as they wish.
The competition is part of the Government of Jersey's Island Identity project, which explores the different elements that define Jersey, and considers how these distinctive qualities can be recognised, nurtured and celebrated.
Photographs will be judged by a panel, with prizes donated by Jersey businesses. The winning photograph will be permanently displayed in the newly refurbished boardroom at The Bridge Child and Family Centre. All shortlisted entrants will be invited to attend a special exhibition at CCA Gallery in October, when the winner and five runners-up will be announced. All shortlisted photographs will be displayed in the St Helier Central Market during the autumn.
Prizes include aerial trekking for a family of four at Valley Adventure Centre and wine tasting and distillery tours at La Mare Wine Estate.
The Assistant Chief Minister and Minister for International Development, Deputy Carolyn Labey, said that she hoped the competition would result in a variety of submissions emphasising the diverse aspects of Island identity.
"Photographs should aim to capture what makes you proud to live in Jersey, particularly focusing on belonging and our special Island community," said Deputy Labey. "Entries should capture the individuality of our Island, as well as your own unique experience of what it's like to live here.
"Jersey means different things to all of us. From our rich history to our varied sports and arts scenes and even our natural landscape, it is this diversity of our experiences that makes the Island such a vibrant place to live. The Island Identity project aims to capture some of these experiences and harness them to make meaningful changes across government. It also seeks to celebrate what we do well and foster a sense of pride in our Island."
The judges – Deputy Carolyn Labey, local photographer Martin Toft and the Bailiff, Timothy Le Cocq – will choose one winner, five runners-up from 20 shortlisted entries.
Photographs can be submitted by emailing email@example.com, with the subject heading 'Island Identity photo competition', or by Instagram, tagging @islandidentity.je and using #DefiningJersey. Entries must be high-resolution and labelled with the entrant's name and location of the photograph. The closing date for submissions is 20th September. For further information and help, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.islandidentity.je/news/article/photography-competition.