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World Photography Day: What does community mean to you? (July 2020)

Since coronavirus, feeling part of a community and being there for each other has become more important than ever. That’s why on 19 August for World Photography Day 2020, we’re encouraging you to use photography to think about what community means to you.

We’d love for you to get involved.

What you can do:

  • Take a photo on your camera or phone of something that best represents what community means to you; it can be as abstract as you like!
  • If you take a photo with someone in it, please make sure that they aren’t recognisable, or get their permission first
  • Send your photo to laura.andre@health-in-mind.org.uk by Friday 14 August with a short description of what community means to you and how the photo represents that.

We’ll then share the photos on our website and social media channels on the day itself. By sending us your photo, we will take that as your consent for us to use it on these channels.

Tips for taking a good photo:

You don’t have to be a professional photographer or to have a fancy camera to take part. You may find some of the below tips helpful around how to take a good photo:

  • Think about the lighting so the image isn’t too bright or too dark; it is best to look for natural, indirect light and to avoid shooting directly into the light
  • Try to have a focal point for each photo, this is the main element of interest in the image, and will be what captures your viewer’s attention
  • If you’re using a phone, don’t zoom in on the camera itself as you will lose the quality of the image – walk closer to what you are photographing instead
  • If you have permission to photograph someone, it can help to chat to them first to break the ice and make them feel more comfortable; this can make for more natural shots
  • Try to make sure you’re at the right distance from the subject of your photo, not too far away etc.

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