A national competition has been launched offering snap-happy students the chance to win £1000 for their school.
Web-based business cartridgesave.co.uk is challenging children aged 4-11 to print off and send in a photo of something that matters to them.
Alongside each entry they must explain, in less than 100 words, why the person, event, place or object depicted is so important to them.
In return a panel of judges will award the photographer of the best entry £1000 for their school to spend on print or photographic equipment.
Two runners-up will receive £500 for their schools and all three placed entrants will bag themselves a state-of-the-art camera worth £100.
In addition the top 50 entries will be showcased in a free-to-download-and-print photo album.
This album will become a testament to the things that mattered to children in 2016. It can be printed and physically handed down to their children’s children.
The ‘Generation P’ competition will be judged by Stuart Nicol, former head of pictures for the Daily Telegraph and group picture editor of The Press Association.
As a photographer Stuart covered major news events all over the world, including the invasion of Lebanon by Israeli forces, famine in Ethiopia and Southern Sudan and the protests in Tiananmen Square.
Closer to home he has covered multiple royal weddings, the miners’ strike, and the conflict in Northern Ireland.
More recently he worked as a photo manager at the 2012 London Olympics.
He will be joined by Dr Sandi Mann, a behavioural psychologist from the University of Central Lancashire, who specialises in the analysis of things that matter to people.
Ian Cowley, managing sirector of cartridgesave.co.uk, said: “By running this competition we want to celebrate the power of printing and the fact it provides us with a physical testimony of that one memory we never want to forget.”
Children can access hints and tips from Stuart Nicol and Dr Sandi Mann on what makes a good photograph plus full details of how to enter at www.cartridgesave.co.uk/printwhatmatters/news.
The competition has three categories: ages 4-6, 7-9 and 10-11. Photographs and their accompanying descriptions must be entered by a care giver, parent or teacher, who can give permission for the entry and entrant’s name to be included in the book.
Closing date for entries is May 6.