1. The global pandemic has been a difficult time for everyone. Each year there is a Mental Health Awareness Week, and it focuses on a different theme. This year it is nature. In order to promote the five steps to wellbeing, we are launching a photo competition.
2. It has been shown that spending quality time in nature can reduce stress, balance your mood, and help you feel more positive. The aim of this event is to provide all members of the Army Cadets an opportunity to go outside, switch on their senses and connect with their surroundings.
3. This event will run from the 10th – 16th May 2021. During this time, it is encouraged that all members of the Army Cadets partake in a walk, jog or other outdoor activity and capture a photo that best sums up “the best of nature” for them.
4. Your picture needs to be in JPEG format and must be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org by the 19th of May 2021. Any submission after 12.00 on the 19th of May 2021 will not be considered.
5. You are required to provide a unique title and description for each image submitted along with your name and PNumber (so we can cross reference you against Westminster)
6. You may submit as many pictures as you wish but they must be sent in the same email.
7. All submitted photos must contain the original metadata information. Please do not include borders, logos, copyright marks or other visible identifying marks.
8. Basic editing, including colour enhancement and cropping of photos is permitted. However, the use of filters or any advanced editing to create illusions, deceptions and/or manipulations is prohibited. We are trying to encourage a #Nofilter campaign to promote natural beauty.
9. Photos which portray or include inappropriate and/or offensive content are strictly prohibited and will be considered a breach of the Army Cadets Values and Standards which could lead to discipline action
10. Any photo submitted must be original and taken by the contestant.
11. Copyright for the image shall remain with the creator of the image. Upon making your submission, you grant the Army Cadets non-exclusive, royalty free, sub-licensable right and licence to use, publish, reproduce, display and distribute this image as part of Army Cadet materials. The photographer will be credited, where possible.
12. Permission and safety of all participants are under the conditions set out by the parent or guardian
13. Safety is down to the individual and/or their parent or guardian and all competitors MUST obey all laws if needed.
14. There will be three prizes in the following categories.
“The Best of Nature” shot. This is the best overall picture from all submissions.
“The Best of Urban Nature” shot. This is the best shot of nature in an urban environment.
“The Best of Rural Nature” shot. This is the best shot of nature in a rural setting.
The prizes will consist of items of kit to encourage the winners to get out into nature more often and will include (as a minimum a rucksack), a water bottle, a flask and mug and a first aid kit. Our ambassador Jordan Wylie has also agreed to donate a signed book to the three winners.
15. There will be a panel of four people to judge the competition. This will be made up of the ACF Col Cadets, the Healthy Minds lead, one member of the HQ Regional Command Media and Comms team and one other member.
16. Be aware that when taking photos, you do not want to reveal information which might pinpoint where you live. Therefore, please make sure that your picture does not pinpoint where you live.
17. All cadets and CFAVs are responsible for their own safety while out and we encourage you to out with another member of the same household.
Please direct any questions to the undersigned.