The ‘see me’ Photography Competition 2010 sponsored by Semichem is returning for a third year, following the success of the 2009 competition which saw a record number of entries from budding photographers from across Scotland.

Three quarters of Scots know someone with a mental health problem and this year’s theme, ‘support’, highlights the central role that support and understanding from friends and family has in assisting people with mental health problems along the road to recovery.
At the launch today Lynette McCutcheon, who experienced depression after the birth of her first child, credits her best friend Elizabeth Cameron with helping her get her life back together by simply not judging and being there for her when she needed help.

In this year’s competition there are three categories:

  • Under 18s;
  • The Public’s Choice; and
  • The Judge’s Choice

Three winners from each region in Scotland will be entered into the national final where they will be in with the chance to win some exclusive prizes and see their work displayed at a public exhibition.

Suzie Vestri, ‘see me’ Campaign Director, says: “We’re thrilled to be entering our third year and, with Semichem on board, we hope to make it our biggest and best photography competition yet. The theme of this year’s competition, ‘support’, can mean different things to different people, but everyone who has experienced, or knows someone who has experienced, mental ill-health needs a helping hand now and again. So we’re calling on the people of Scotland to show us what ‘support’ means to them. We are looking forward to welcoming entries from across Scotland – so get out there with you camera and share your best shots with us.”

Kimberley Guthrie, Marketing Director for Semichem adds: “Semichem is committed to the important issue of people's health and wellbeing both for its own employees and for the people in the 100 plus communities it serves throughout Scotland. 

“We support ‘see me’s campaign to end the stigma and discrimination which surrounds mental ill health.  I also look forward to seeing the entries to the photographic competition which I'm sure will be extremely inspirational.”

Tony Marsh, noted photographer and competition judge, comments: “The great thing about the ‘see me’ photography competition is that it provides a great opportunity to translate your thoughts, feelings and creativity into a picture, sending out a message without even needing to use dialogue – as they say, a picture tells a thousand words.”

The closing date for all entries is 17 September 2010. Full details on how to enter, please go to www.seemescotland.org/photography.

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