Coalition Search for Snapper

Posted: 30 June 2010, in Press Release

The Scottish Social Enterprise Coalition today launches the search for an inspiring photographer to visually capture social enterprises in Scotland, telling their stories through imaginative pictures.

Sponsored by Unity Trust Bank, the successful snapper will receive a £1,800 bursary to visit social enterprises across Scotland and pictorially depict how social enterprises change the lives of communities and individuals around them. 

The winning photographer’s pictures will appear in the Coalition’s publications and will be exhibited at events throughout the year, including S2S 2011 – the annual social enterprise fair.

The bursary competition is open to all, from amateur photographers to professionals looking to develop their portfolio in a new sphere. Judges are looking for someone who can demonstrate a range of skills and who has the energy and vision to deliver a compelling and inspirational range of images that capture social enterprises in action.

Antonia Swinson, chief executive, Scottish Social Enterprise Coalition said: “The bursary competition is an excellent opportunity for a photographer to win a hugely rewarding commission.  We’re looking for someone who can really bring to life the remarkable work of social enterprises in Scotland. Passion and vision are a must and we encourage photographers of all levels and backgrounds to consider submitting an entry.”

Kevin Turmore, Managing Director of Unity Trust Bank, said: “I am delighted that Unity has been chosen as a major sponsor of this unique award for the second consecutive year. Social enterprises are inspirational, ground breaking and socially focused business models which show what can be achieved when social values are placed at the heart of a business. That’s why we at Unity Trust Bank are delighted to be involved in this initiative and eagerly await the portrayal of positive social change through the eyes of the winning photographer.” 

Anyone interested in applying for this role should submit a sample portfolio of four photos each with a description and 500 words (max) detailing skills, experience and ideas for the project. Two references should also be included and the application submitted no later than 9th August 2010 to .Winners will be announced in Mid August.

Many social enterprises have members of staff (and clients) with particular support requirements and the winner must recognise and be sensitive to any needs that may arise when working in this environment.

The successful photographer will follow in the footsteps of Glasgow-based photographer, Becky Duncan, who won the bursary in 2009. Click here for a copy of the application pack and here to download the e-flyer.