The National Assembly are running a photo competition titled Democracy in action in Wales. Rosemary Butler AM (chair of the judging panel) said when the competition was announced that it was a unique opportunity for the Assembly to illustrate that democracy in Wales was not something that was confined to politicians in Cardiff Bay.
Photographs illustrating ‘democracy in action’ could be anything from pictures of protests, local elections, bilingual signs, pictures of flytipping, disabled access — when you think about it the possibilities are pretty broad. The Assembly are especially interested in getting minority or marginalised groups to enter to help raise awareness of social issues, and they stress that ‘you don’t need to be a photographer, or even have a fancy camera.’ In fact since the prizes are photography lessons and a camera, it’s probably a competition more for the benefit of those with something to say than those with their own darkroom (virtual or otherwise).
There will be two winners, one selected by the judging panel and another by public vote. Each winner will take away a digital SLR (complements of Newport School of Photography) and a one-day photography course (at the excellent Ffotogallery).
Entries need to be uploaded to the competition’s Flickr group by 31st August 2012.