This year we are changing to become a new independent charity, ecobirmingham that will help change the city.
Under this banner, today, we have launched Green Lens, a photography and video competition for 16-25 year olds in Birmingham. Organised by ecobirmingham in collaboration with Ampersand Projects, the project will allow young people to have their voice heard regarding green issues that are important to their, and our collective future. It will also allow us to develop and build our engagement with young people, exploring and understanding what issues are important to them, and focus our future work across the city.
Submissions will be made using smartphones – technology at hand that is part of young people’s everyday lives. The winning submissions will be exhibited in a final exhibition at Mac Birmingham in September.
As part of the competition, Green Lens will offer free workshops across the city in June and July with two of Birmingham’s leading photographers, Kate Green and Andrew Jackson, allowing participants to learn new skills from well-respected professionals. The workshops will give an introduction to how photography has been used by others as activism and practical tips on how to make the most out of taking snaps or videos on their smartphones.
Michael Addison, Director of Northfield Ecocentre/ecobirmingham said:
“This is an amazing opportunity for ecobirmingham to hear the opinions of the young people of the Birmingham; to turn those into exciting new projects and to help us advocate for a cleaner, fairer, greener and more sustainable future for the city. Topics such as air pollution, food waste, plastic waste and access to nature are inherent issues for the city and the people who live here are the ones who suffer most. This partnership project with Ampersand Projects will provide an artistic platform for young people to shape and influence the world they want to live in.”
More information on the project, how to book workshops and how to submit can be found at www.greenlens.org.uk