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Canada-wide photo contest launched to showcase youth perspective

Winners selected until the contest closes Feb. 12
Photo contest open to youth 29 years of age or younger. (File)

Do you have a passion for photography and a desire to bring about positive change? 

The Tamarack Institute for Community Engagement has launched a Canada-wide photo contest, asking youth ages 29 or younger, to share what they believe their community will look like in 10 years. 

"We believe there is going to be a big transition in the coming decade, and the impact of climate change is by far the most critical challenge," said a press release. "But, so is inequity and the perceived lack of opportunity, social disconnection, and disengaged youth."

And don't worry about them not liking your style

Submissions can be abstract, landscapes, portraits or action shots said the press release, in either the original format or computer-enhanced. 

"We want them to be raw," said the release. "Show us what your community will look like 10 years from now both the good and the bad."

The group will be selecting 10-12 photos to print and between 20-50 photos for a digital slide show. For which artists will be awarded $500 or $20 respectively. 

Each photo must accompany a description of no more than 30 words, which must include a title and explanation as to how it captures what the community will look like in 10 years. Photos without a caption will not be considered. 

Winning submissions will be displayed at several upcoming events said the release, including a community leaders climate change gathering, a youth engagement gathering and Tamarack's 10-year-plan community gathering. 

Winners will be selected as submissions are received, until the contest closes Feb. 12. 

Find contest rules and submission details here.