Calling all young photographers, artists and environmentalists, The Rotary Club of Cambridge is launching three competitions in partnership with the Cambridge Independent.

In all three there are multiple age categories, and the winners will advance to the regional finals, with the winners moving on to the national finals.

Rotarian John Barrett said, “The level at which competitions have been achieved in previous years has been quite incredible. It is very encouraging to see the creativity of the young people entering.

The winners of last year’s Rotary Young Photographer competition received their prizes at Campkins Cameras. Left to right, intermediate winner Madeleine Haley, with Owen Howell, owner of Campkins Camera, Daisy Dickinson, senior age group winner with Jenny Chapman-Hay, president of the Rotary Club of Cambridge, and Horatio Martin, group winner of junior age, with Gabrielle Barnard, of the Cambridge Camera Club. Photo: Keith Hepell

The Young Photographer competition is back, with the theme “The beauty of architecture”. Photos must be submitted in digital format and photos can be taken with any camera, mobile or tablet, manipulation is allowed.

There are categories for under 7, 7-10, 11-13 and 14-17.

Campkins Cameras in Cambridge, which is hosting Cambridge Photography Week this week, is offering prizes in the form of equipment and tuition.

Winning images will be printed and exhibited at the Cambridge Camera Club’s annual show and included in its online exhibition.

The Cambridge Independent will again publish a selection of the best images.

An image of Horatio Martin, in the 7-10 age category, who won the national final.
An image of Horatio Martin, in the 7-10 age category, who won the national final.

Remarkably, the winners of the Cambridge competition have won the national final for four consecutive years.

Last year, Junior (7-10 year old) age group winner Horatio Martin won his category at the national competition.

Registrations are due before January 31, 2023.

Meanwhile, the Young Artist competition, with categories for under 10, 11-13 and 14-17, encourages creativity and is open to all schools, colleges, communities, home-schooled children and youth organizations.

Entries should be no larger than A3 and can be on any medium. They must be submitted by February 7, 2023. Small cash prizes are offered to winners.

The Young Environmentalist Competition is open to all three age categories (7-10, 11-13, and 14-17) for individual and group entries, with up to four participants allowed in groups.

It aims to encourage young people to explore, investigate, research and undertake an environmental sustainability project on the theme of “biodiversity”.

Trophies and prizes will be awarded to the best participant in each age group.

Applications must be submitted by February 17, 2023.

The winners of the artists’ and environmentalists’ competitions will also be featured in the Cambridge Independent.

For full details of the competition, entry forms and parental consent forms, visit


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