In a year when all the focus is on London with the Jubilee, Olympics and Paralympics, a photographic competition to capture the community and spirit of Greater Manchester and put it back on the map is being launched by Informa plc.*
The Manchester division of the international publisher is launching a quest to find photos to represent a 24 hour period in the city, forming a collage of the people and places that contribute to the spirit and colour of Greater Manchester. The winning entries will fill a coffee-table style** book published and sold in aid of The Prince’s Trust.
Pri Adhikari, marketing manager at the publisher, said: “We’ve named the project ‘Hour Manchester’, as four pictures will be chosen to represent each hour in a 24 hour period. Our aim is to create a community project and time capsule of Greater Manchester 2012 through photos, while simultaneously doing something positive to raise funds for The Prince’s Trust.”
The competition is being launched on the 22nd September at Spinningfields and will centre around a giant model camera with the ‘Hour Manchester’ logo emblazoned on it.
A team from Informa will be placing thousands of tiny model cameras around central Manchester prior to the launch. The tag on each one will direct people to a hub of activity at Spinningfields where there’ll be a Manchester raffle, photo-booth props for polaroid pictures, as well as many more ways to get involved and support The Prince’s Trust.
Ms Adhikari continued: “We are very excited about this project. Our hope is that not only people who have been helped by The Prince’s Trust will contribute to the book, but the general public too, whether they are amateurs, budding or established photographers or simply people with an interest in our city.”
The project was inspired by The Prince’s Trust’s Million Makers initiative, which challenges businesses to raise £10,000 for the charity. The Prince’s Trust is a youth-focused charity that provides practical and financial support to young aged 13 to 30, to help them get back into education, work or training.
‘Hour Manchester’ will be available from November for a recommended price of £14.99, with all profits going to The Prince’s Trust to help with the valuable work they do to help young people realise their potential. The funds will be spent in the North West, ensuring that this is a genuinely local project.
For more information, please contact the Hour Manchester team on 0161 238 4081.