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RCN launches photo competition to celebrate nursing

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The Royal College of Nursing is launching a nationwide photography competition to celebrate the profession during its centenary year.

The RCN said its Care on Camera competition aims to capture the “innovation and diversity” of the modern day nursing profession.

Open to everyone in the UK, the RCN is asking people to record nursing life as it happens in its many diverse settings and communities.

“This competition will provide a snapshot of nursing in 2016 and will form a fascinating archive of the profession for future generations”

Michael Pritchard

There are two categories to the competition, one for those aged 15 and under and one for those aged 16 and over. The public will also get to vote for their favourite nursing image in the “People’s Choice” category.

The winners will be announced at the RCN’s annual congress in June with the 50 shortlisted entries then forming a touring exhibition, which will travel through schools, libraries, and various health settings around the country.

The collection will ultimately become part of the RCN archive, providing a historical record of nursing in the 21st century.

The competition closes for entries on 29 February 2016. Winners will be chosen by a judging panel that includes actress Tamzin Outhwaite.

Camera lens close up

Run in association with the Royal Photographic Society, the competition is the start of a yearlong programme of celebrations for the RCN centenary in 2016.

Janet Davies, RCN chief executive and general secretary, 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,” she said.

Dr Michael Pritchard, director general of the Royal Photographic Society, added: “This competition will provide a snapshot of nursing in 2016 and will form a fascinating archive of the profession for future generations.”

Visit the competition website to enter your photos

Care on Camera’ prizes are as follows:

  • 16 years and over Gold Award – £1,000
  • 16 years and over Silver Award – £500
  • 16 years and over Bronze Award – £250
  • 15 years and under Gold Award – £500
  • People’s Choice Award – £500
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  • Any chance the RCN can truly represent nurses or do I have to find a union that will? I am so not interested in photographic exhibitions etc.

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