Photo competition wants youngsters to turn their focus on the National Park
Young people from the National Park Youth Forum line up for a picture.
By Laura Dennett
An exciting new photography competition, Park Focus, has been launched by Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park Authority and is open to young people aged 8 to 26 years old.
To celebrate the Year of Young People the National Park Authority wants to find out how young people across the country experience the area and is asking youngsters to share their photographs on social media (or by email).
The pictures should be of the National Park with a short description that explains the story behind the picture and what it means to them.
This could be experiences of visiting, living, working or learning in the National Park or simply a connection with the area.
There are three age categories for the competition:
- 8-12 years
- 13-17 years
- 18-26 years
and there are some fantastic prizes on offer within each age category:
- First prize: GoPro Action Camera and Columbia outdoor jacket
- Second prize: An adventure day at Forest Holidays Strathyre
- Third prize: Family pass for four to SEA LIFE Loch Lomond Aquarium (age categories 8-12 and 13-17 years) and a shark feeding experience for two at SEA LIFE Loch Lomond Aquarium (age category 18-26 years).
Gordon Watson, Chief Executive of Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park Authority, said: “We see this photo competition as a great opportunity to celebrate our young people and for them to show what the National Park means to them.
“We look forward to receiving their entries and hearing about the experiences young people have had of this unique and beautiful place.”
To enter the competition all you have to do is share a photograph of the National Park and what it means to you on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter and include the hashtags #ParkFocus and your age category (#age8to12, #age13to17 or #age18to26) and tag the National Park Authority (@lomondtrossachs).
For those too young to have a social media account then a parent or guardian can post the image on their behalf or entries can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Entries must be posted on social media (or received by email) by 23.59 on 31st December 2018 and the winning images from each age category will be announced by the 31st January 2019 via the National Park Authority’s social media channels and featured on the competition webpage, and at Balmaha Visitor Centre.
Winners will be chosen for each age category by Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park Authority’s Youth Committee and a National Park representative. The Youth Committee is made up of 14 young people who live in or near to the National Park who are passionate about supporting the work the National Park Authority does.
Further information about the competition and full terms and conditions can be found here – https://www.lochlomond-trossachs.org/parkfocus/
The background to this is that throughout the Year of Young People the National Park Authority has been collaborating with young people in a variety of exciting projects and initiatives.
These include launching a new Young Volunteer Programme for young people aged 16-25 and thanks to the support from Forrest Holidays this year pupils from Vale of Leven Academy took part in the National Park Junior Ranger programme for the first time.
The partnership with Forest Holidays also means that in February 2019 the first ever Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park-hosted residential programme for young people will take place.
This will bring together Junior Rangers, Young Volunteers and Youth Committee members to share experiences and plan activity for the year ahead.
The National Park Partnership Plan 2018-23 sets out 13 key outcomes that the Park Authority and its partners aim to address over the next five years.
This includes Outcome Nine: Health and Learning: “People from a wider range of backgrounds are enjoying, valuing and helping manage the National Park. It is used more as a place for people to realise the personal health and wellbeing benefits of connecting with nature and being outdoors.”
And Priority 9.2: Engagement & Learning: “Increasing opportunities for engagement, volunteering and education activities, especially for young people and those experiencing disadvantages or who have difficulty in accessing the National Park.
Second and third prizes kindly donated by Forest Holidays and SEA LIFE Loch Lomond Aquarium.
To read the National Park Partnership Plan 2018-2023 in full go to www.lochlomond-trossachs.org/PartnershipPlan