The Calm Photography
Movement Photo Competition
RECENT UK figures show that men are 3
times more likely than women to take their own life, and less likely to talk to
anyone about going through a period of depression. The Calm Photography Movement
(TCPM) has been founded in partnership with LYNX to spark conversation about
masculinity, mental health and self expression through photography.
The movement will raise awareness and funds for the Campaign Against Living
Miserably (CALM), an award winning charity dedicated to preventing male suicide,
the single biggest killer of men under the age of 45 in the UK.
Amateur and professional photographers are invited to submit images which shine
a light on the limitations of traditional masculinity for a chance to be
exhibited at the prestigious Getty Images Gallery in Central London, to coincide
with Mental Health Awareness Week, that will run from:- 10 May to 19 May 2017.
Entries will be judged by an esteemed panel of professionals, including Rankin
and Nick Knight, who will be looking for images which express what it is to be a
modern man in today's fast changing world.
Photographers wishing to get involved have until Monday, 17 April 2017, to
submit their entries, details of which can be seen
The winning photographs will be on public display at the Getty Images Gallery,
Central London, UK, on 10 May to 19 May 2017, with key photographs used in print
and social campaigns as well as being converted into a catalogue, that will be available
purchase in support of CALM's work preventing male suicide.
TCPM founders Scott Shillum and Steve Wallington said:- "We have founded
The Calm Photography Movement to raise awareness of the role that photography
can play in shining a light on men's mental health after losing close family and
friends to suicide in the recent past. We are thrilled to have the support of
Rankin and Nick Knight, along with the generous support of LYNX, Getty Images
Simon Gunning, CEO of CALM said:- "Self expression plays an important role
in opening up, and photography can be such a powerful tool for this. We're
interested in how images can tell stories about our experiences of masculinity,
what it means to be a man, and how we can tackle that old stereotype of needing
a stiff upper lip. This is central to CALM's mission to create a culture where
men face no shame in opening up and seeking help."