Young Photographer



The 2023 - 24 theme is “Rebuilding ”.


The ‘Rebuilding’ Theme can be interpreted as broadly as the Young Photographer wishes and does not need to conform to the dictionary definition of the word. It is intended to give young people the widest opportunity to share their creative talents in showing us what it means to them.

The Young Photographer Competition is a well-established and successful competition organised and promoted by Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland (RotaryGBI).

There are three stages to the competition, each designed to support and encourage the development of photographic skills. Some stages may have more than one round.

Aims and Objectives

The competition aims to encourage young people to:

  • experiment with photography

  • use digital and/or traditional methods of photography

  • demonstrate interpretation of the topic

  • express ideas through the medium of photography

    Who can take part?

    The competition is open to all Thurrock schools and colleges and those home-educated, along with community organisations (e.g. Scout Groups, Girl Guides, Sea and Air Cadets, etc) and other young people living in the Borough of Thurrock.

    There are three age groups:

Junior: Intermediate: Senior:

Up to and including10 years old 11 to 13 years old
14 to 17 years old

Entrants must not be over the upper age parameter for each group on 31 August 2023. It should be noted that some junior entrants may be 11, intermediate entrants may be 14 and some senior entrants may be 18 at the time of some or all the stage competitions i.e. a competitor who may be 17 on 31st August but turns 18 on 1st September is allowed to enter. Competitors must include their age on the application form.

Competitors, schools, colleges, and organisations may participate in a competition held in a Rotary club/district outside of their geographical boundary but may compete in only one club/district event.