Global issues such as the Covid-19 pandemic and the climate crisis have made it abundantly clear that the world is crying out for help in many ways – and that’s why it’s so essential that we continue to support and empower the next generation who are driving real change, writes Adam Pensotti, sustainability manager at Canon EMEA, in his recent blog focusing on the launch of the second edition of the Canon Young Champion of the Year Award.
Run as part of the Global Good Awards, it not only serves to celebrate young people campaigning for social and environmental change, but also to help them continue their work and broadcast their stories to others through the medium of visual storytelling.
Ahead of this year’s awards, Adam caught up with last year’s finalists Bella Lack and Nicole Fernandes de Silva to find out how they’ve been getting on, what role visual storytelling plays in allowing them to continue driving change, and their advice to anyone looking to enter this year.
Since last year’s win, Bella has been working on a book and completing a feature-length documentary she began filming before the pandemic. While Nicole has been completing her final A Level projet, a ‘lockdown diary’ in which she photographs herself in the same position each day to represent the struggle students are currently facing.
You can read Adam’s blog in full here.
If you are aged between 9-21 years old and passionate about supporting a local or a global issue, then you can submit an entry to this free-to-enter category, here.
Judges will award winners from two different age groups** (under 16s and under 21s) and will consider applications from more than one candidate per entry, e.g. where siblings, friends or groups have worked together to champion change.
To enter, you will need to submit up to 1000 supporting words and up to six images to tell your story.