Life through a diamond lens

Verity Sharp

This year’s Royal Commonwealth Society Photographic Awards gave photographers the perfect opportunity to showcase their unique point of view and the cross-cultural nature of the Commonwealth – as well as become part of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Time Capsule.

With over 230 entries from 33 countries, competition was strong for the 2012 Com­monwealth Photographic Awards. Explor­ing this year’s Commonwealth theme of ‘Connecting Cultures’, young photogra­phers impressed the judges with their di­verse and varied interpretation of the topic.

The aim of this annual photographic competition run by the Royal Common­wealth Society (RCS) is to enable young people to explore themes of international importance in a creative and engaging way, sharing with and learning from their peers around the world. Their images bring to life the commonalities and remarkable di­versity of the modern Commonwealth.

The competition was open to amateur photographers under the age of 30 who are citizens of or a resident in a Common­wealth country, and entries could be sub­mitted on digital, analogue, disposable or mobile phone cameras. For 2012, the year of Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee, all entries were added to the RCS’s dig­ital Diamond Jubilee project, the Jubilee Time Capsule.

In addition to this year’s annual awards, young Commonwealth photog­raphers were given the opportunity to enter a special competition organised to mark the Queen’s 60 years as Head of the Commonwealth. The RCS has part­nered with the Royal Photographic Soci­ety (RPS) to run the Royal Photographic Society Jubilee Award. Participants were asked to submit a photo related to a day or special moment in the last 60 years that was important to them, their family or community. Entrants had a chance to win a trip to London and mentoring by RPS photographers.

Competition was again fierce and, with the winning images from the Common­wealth Photographic Awards now chosen and the winner of the Jubilee Award still to be announced later this year, it looks as though photographers have produced a diamond crop for 2012.

The winning entries can be viewed online at:

About the author:

Verity Sharp is Programmes Officer at the Royal Commonwealth Society


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