22 November 2015
The Royal College or Nursing (RCN) in partnership with The Royal Photographic Society (RPS) is launching a nationwide photography competition to celebrate the College’s centenary year. Care on Camera, aims to capture the innovation and diversity of the modern day nursing profession.
Open to everyone across the UK the RCN is asking people to record nursing life as it happens in its many diverse settings and communities.
Winners will be chosen by an expert judging panel to include TV and theatre actress Tamzin Outhwaite, star of Eastenders, Hotel Babylon and most recently New Tricks.
There are two categories to the competition and the public get to vote for their favourite nursing image in the ‘People’s Choice’ category.
Winners will be announced at the annual RCN Congress in June 2016 with the fifty shortlisted entries then going on to form a touring exhibition, travelling through schools, libraries, and various health settings around the UK.
The collection will ultimately become part of the RCN Archive, providing a historical record of nursing in the 21st century.
Care on Camera is the start of a yearlong programme of celebrations for the RCN centenary in 2016.
Janet Davies, Chief Executive and General Secretary of the RCN, said: “This competition will celebrate and showcase the reality of the wonderful profession of nursing. Modern nursing is complex but rewarding and ‘Care on Camera’ will be a great way of showcasing the fantastic work that goes on up and down the country every day. The RCN centenary is a milestone in our history and this will capture a moment in time for future generations.”
Tamzin Outhwaite, actress and mother, said, “I have relied on nursing staff countless times throughout my life – from visiting my GP practice nurse for holiday vaccinations to the nurses and midwives who supported me when I was pregnant with my daughters. Every one of those nursing staff has impacted on my life and the lives of my children.
“That’s why I am thrilled to be supporting the Royal College of Nursing’s centenary photography competition as a judge. This competition gives professional and amateur photographers alike the chance to submit photos of nursing staff in action, to capture a snapshot of nursing in 2015-6 and to celebrate 100 years of the Royal College of Nursing.”
Dr Michael Pritchard, Director General of The Royal Photographic Society said: “The Royal Photographic Society is delighted to be supporting the RCN’s Centenary photography competition. Photography plays an important role within medicine for diagnostic reasons, it is used as therapy with patients and, of course, we are all making more images than ever before. This competition will provide a snapshot of nursing in 2016 and will form a fascinating archive of the profession for future generations.”
The competition closes for entries on 29 February 2016.
Submit your entry at www.rcn100photo.org.uk
Find out more about the RCN centenary year at https://www.rcn.org.uk/rcn100 #RCN100
Image: © Ali Lomas, who is a newly qualified nurse and a photographer.