Canon Young Champion of the Year Award (free to enter)

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Category Description

We are looking for the next young person who has campaigned for a good cause around a social or environmental issue. If you passionate about supporting a local or global issue, and are between 9-21 years old, then you can submit an entry to this free-to-enter category, sponsored by Canon EMEA.

Judges will award winners from two different age groups** (under 16’s 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 6 images to tell your story.  Take a look at these icons below… you’re probably supporting one of these Global Goals without even realising it… these are the United Nations Sustainability Development Goals (SDGs).Whether it be mental health, cyber-bullying, well-being, environmental sustainability, education, charity activism, animal welfare, diversity & inclusion or any subject linked to the above SDGs, we want to hear how you are making people aware of the issue you are championing.

The Young Champion can enter themselves (if over 18) or they can be nominated by a parent, guardian, company or the charity / organisation in which they are championing / aligning to.

The judges will be looking for a heart-felt story, with supporting photos, showing how you have drawn attention to the issue you are championing. You may submit weblinks to published work or images, social media, or a video* to demonstrate the reach you have gained so far.

To qualify, you must still be actively championing the work associated with your submission and you must be within the age of 9 to 21 at the time of the entry deadline of 6th March 2020.

All finalist entries will receive 2 free tickets to the ceremony on 16th June 2020 in London (finalist + 1) excluding travel. The winning entry will receive a Canon G7 X Mark III camera worth £700 and all other finalists entries will receive a Canon Zoemini C camera worth £150. All finalists will also receive a bag of eco-friendly goodies and a framed certificate.

For some ideas and inspiration of storytelling through pictures, see these examples from the 2019 Canon Young People Programme.

* Any video submitted should not exceed 60 seconds long. A supporting video is not a requirement and you will not be judged on the quality of the video. Please include a video if you feel it supports your submission as a Young Champion.

** Judges reserve the right to change the age categories based on the number of entries received across the age group.

Criteria & additional information

Judges will consider and mark the photos and words equally (50:50) – they must work together to help tell your story.

You are not being judged on the quality of photos or videos submitted – you will be judged on their ability to help tell your story.

Entrants must be between 9-21 years old on 6th March 2020. If you are under 18, an adult will need to submit the entry on your behalf.

If you submit any social media posts, please ensure you adhere to social media age restrictions.

Your photos do not need to have been taken on a Canon camera.

The photos can be of either the process of how the entrants have championed their chosen issue, or photos used in the process of championing their chosen issues.

Photos do not have to have been taken by the Young Champion. The Young Champion for example, can be a subject within the photo.

The Young Champion must not have already participated or enrolled in the Canon Young People Programme in any country. No relatives of Canon employees are eligible to enter.

Applications must be in English (if you wish to send an application in any other language, please email us prior to submission).

Due to carbon emissions, international flight travel will be discouraged. However, due to the fair and transparent process of our judging panel, entrants will not be penalised by not attending. Prizes will be shipped to the entrant after the ceremony.

Are we eligible to enter?

Our awards programme is open to all organisations of any kind… companies large and small, charities, not-for-profits, social enterprises, NGOs, membership and accreditation organisations and government departments including local and county councils. We are all about rewarding sustainability practice – in all its forms. So if your organisation is making a difference, directly or indirectly to people and planet, you’re eligible.

We don’t just recognise businesses that are operating responsibly, or supporting / partnering with worthwhile causes. We also actively encourage entries from organisations that have been specifically set up or adapted to offer a product or service that tackles a social or environmental problem.

Our category descriptions and criteria have been written to guide entrants on what content should be detailed in their entries. However, we do not expect square pegs to fit in round holes… Some of your business activities or dedicated programmes might not fit entirely with any one specific category. In these cases, the descriptions and criteria are open to an element of interpretation and rest assured that our judges will still take into account entries that are strongly aligned with the overall context of the category.

If you have any concerns about the suitability of your entry, or would like to discuss your activities in more detail, we are here to help. Give Karen a call on 07813 718541 or email: