Yorkshire Cancer Research has teamed up with Welcome to Yorkshire to launch The Big Yorkshire Photo Shoot, which gives entrants the chance to be featured in the charity’s 2022 calendar.
The competition aims to celebrate Yorkshire at its very best, and entrants are encouraged to send in their favourite photos of the region. There are three categories to choose from – ‘Yorkshire’, ‘Life’ and ‘Together’.
Head judge Joe Cornish, who is one of the UK’s leading landscape photographers, said: “'The Big Yorkshire Photo Shoot’ is an open, inclusive initiative to celebrate our wonderful county through photography.
"It will be fascinating to see how the themes are photographed in a meaningful and inspiring way, focusing on Yorkshire’s beauty and diversity, and including landscape, wildlife, architecture, community and whatever catches the eye.”
The competition will run throughout August, and the winners will be selected in September.
The winning photos will be chosen by a panel of judges, which, along with Joe Cornish, will include Bradford-based GP and TV doctor Dr Amir Khan and TV presenter and journalist Christine Talbot.
Dr Khan said: “The competition combines all that I’m passionate about; my beloved county of Yorkshire, the health benefits of being in the great outdoors and capturing in a photo what this county has to offer, plus being part of something incredibly positive to raise awareness of Yorkshire Cancer Research and its vital lifesaving work.”
Christine, who was treated for breast cancer in 2012, added:
“As someone who has personally received vital cancer treatment in the past, I am aware of the importance of being part of this inspiring initiative, which will raise awareness of the continuing ground-breaking work carried out by Yorkshire Cancer Research, as it surges forward with critical advancements in cancer research and treatment.”
The 12 winners will be included in the 2022 The Big Yorkshire Photo Shoot calendar. The final 12 will also see their name and hometown published alongside their photograph.
The public will then select their favourite of the 12 images, which will be featured on the cover of the calendar. The overall winner will be given the chance to spend the day with Joe Cornish at his Northallerton gallery to create a unique, personal print.
Proceeds from sales of the calendar will help fund research to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer in Yorkshire.
Competition judge and Yorkshire Cancer Research Chief Executive Dr Kathryn Scott said: “We really do have so much to be proud of in Yorkshire. But together, we can do so much more to reduce the devastating impact of cancer and the heartbreak it brings to so many families.
"The funds and awareness raised through the competition and the sale of our new calendar will support experts and leading researchers who pioneer early cancer diagnosis and discover new and better treatments.”