London, – jj Media, the toolbox for creation launches the ‘UK Photography Awards for Young People’ as part of the ‘jj Foundation’, established as a way to centralise the company’s charitable efforts. The foundation aims to inspire, support and motivate young photographers and filmmakers in the pursuit of their creative goals and careers.
To launch the awards the jj Foundation have partnered with Eastside Educational Trust, a leading youth arts provider in London. jj Media and Eastside Educational Trust are calling out to anyone 13-25 years of age in full time education who has an interest in photography.
To enter the competition is free, all you need is a maximum of three digital images within the following categories: portrait, landscape, street photography, still life/art and fashion. Prizes include: a one-day professional studio hire in jj Studio London, with advice from the photographic assistants & a Nikon DSLR camera.
Matt Lane, Chief Executive Officer & Artistic Director from Eastside Educational Trust commented:
‘Eastside is delighted to be working in partnership with jj Foundation to deliver the UK Photography Awards For Young People 2017. Through connecting young people to world class opportunities, we at Eastside are determined to support the dreams and aspirations of all young people and create opportunities for them to unlock their potential.’
The jj Foundation has been set up by Johnny Jones Chairman and Founder of jj Media who built the foundation based on his own experiences as a photographer. Johnny won his first photography competition age 11 and then went on to be offered jobs by Conde Nast and Vogue, before becoming Chairman of jj Media who now have 10 film, photographic & event spaces, lighting, digital camera hire and a locations agency.
Johnny Jones, Chairman and Founder of jj Media commented:
‘I believe as a successful business owner it’s our responsibility to ‘give something back’ and help young people in the pursuit of their dreams. There are many aspects and career paths in our industry – and students may not realise that being a photographer is a business itself.
In my younger days, I was inspired and encouraged by art directors, copywriters, video editors, stylists, film directors, artists and photographers. When I look back on my career path, armed with a simple portfolio, I was given many opportunities that might have passed me by had it not been for all these creative people willing to give me a chance. I hope the jj Foundation can do the same.’
Josh Jones, CEO of jj Media commented:
‘We are very fortunate to work in such a vibrant and exciting industry, something we do not take for granted. It’s also a very tough industry to get into, unless you know someone who can cut you in, it’s very competitive. We wish to support emerging talent by offering our services to free of charge to help young people build experience and exposure to the industry which will help their future careers.
We established the foundation to centralise our charitable efforts, as a team we naturally choose to support charities in various ways. We are going to grow the foundation by building partnerships with select charities and increase the support we bring to them. To do this we will be offering parts of our groups services free of charge as well as concentrating the team’s charitable efforts into once place to increase awareness.
Our industry is fast paced and demanding. As a business we want all of our team to feel they have the time to personally give something back to a cause they believe in. Using our charitable partnerships all staff have the option to take one paid days leave per month to support a charity.’
To enter the competition you can visit https://www.jjmediafoundation.