Calling All Budding Photographers...

27 January 2015

Last year Skipton Building Society continued its Grassroots Giving campaign and gave away £80,500 in 161 pots of £500 to community groups, voluntary organisations and sports clubs across the UK. The money was given to grassroots causes who really make a difference to their local communities but often struggle to access funding due to their small size. We had hundreds of applications and over 27,000 people voted for who they wanted to see receive the money.

We have now announced our 161 winners and want to tell their stories to the local press in order to showcase them within their communities. But it would take us too long to take our camera and visit every single winner, so we need your help! If you’re a budding photographer and one of our winning groups is on your doorstep, we’d love for you to take a few snaps of them in action.

So, what’s in it for you? We’ve got £200 of gift vouchers up for grabs, for the photographer whose photos we feel best captures the essence of the group they've worked with. In addition to this, all entrants may have their photos published on our national websites and social media feeds, as well in the press (accredited to you of course). 

Last year’s fabulous winner Joanne Coates will be helping us to judge the photographs and we’re hoping to build on the success of last year’s competition by continuing to showcase our winning groups. Last year we received some incredible photographs and we were truly blown away by the standard of the images we received. If you’re in need of some inspiration, or would just like to take a look at the winning images, then please click here.

Friends Of City Gardens - Thanks To Joanne Coates

Joanne Coates, last year’s photography competition winner said: “The Grassroots Giving photography project is a great platform to get involved with. It's an innovative and inspiring process for community groups. Once I found out about grassroots I couldn't wait to be involved, the whole experience was a great. I loved the diversity of the winning groups, and the chance to see the difference that the money truly made to their community projects. Since winning last year's competition I've had three exhibitions in London, hosted two photography fairs and shot season previews for L.K Bennett. Working with grassroots was a great opportunity and learning experience that has influenced my direction as a photographer. It's something that's fun and rewarding to be part of, Good Luck 2015 photographers!”

This really is a great opportunity for any budding photographers and an opportunity to support your local community.

We have winning groups near you so please help us spread the word and do get in touch if you, or anyone you know is interested. The closing date for entries is the 16th March and the winner will be announced on the 23rd March. 

Please get in contact via: if you'd like to enter and we'll send you the further details.

OR, message us at @SkiptonBS_GrG.