GSA Photography Competition 2023

GSA is delighted to announce a new photography competition to encourage girls to be bold and go beyond their perspective through visual creativity.

As the final part part of our ‘Go Bold’ student event series for this year, we’re launching an exciting photography competition which will have empathy at the core of the challenge! It’s why we’ve teamed up with award-winning schools programme Empathy Week who are film, photography and empathy experts to curate an exciting competition for the GSA network.

So spread the word and get everyone excited for this NEW creative competition!

Taking Part


“Now you know…”

An opportunity to show the world what you wish they knew about your life in just one photo.

Shift perspectives, challenge the status quo and develop empathy amongst viewers with your photo. Photos have huge power. This is an opportunity to use that power to open up someone else’s perspective to your world. Whether you want to display a more vulnerable side of yourself, champion a cause you care about or showcase your friendships in a new light, this competition is for you.



The best camera is the one you have access to.

People think that expensive cameras take great photos – this is not always true and our judges won’t be taking this into consideration.

Judges will be looking at your composition, creativity, storytelling and how you link your photo, title and caption to the theme.


Get creative, think about the theme and snap your photo! Choose a title for your photo. The shorter the better usually!

Start your caption with – “Now you know…” and write a few sentences.

eg. 1 “Now you know I love to dance with my friends at Pride. It’s taught me to be proud of who I am and embrace being me. We all find our tribes!”

eg. 2 – “Now you know more about what it’s like to live with a disability”

eg. 3 – “Now you know I love to walk around the park. There are so many people to see, and I like to go there with my friends.”


Submit your entry


Below is our Information pack about the competition. You can also download it here.

Meet the Judges

Watch our introductory video to hear from Ed Kirwan about the competition, tips and tricks and the amazing judging panel…

Submitting your Work

Deadline is Friday 30th June at 5pm

The longlist in each category will be informed, via their teacher, no later than September 15 2023.

GSA will announce and celebrate the longlist, shortlist, and winners over its communications channels.

Submit your entry


A winner will be announced for each age category and each winner will lnstaX Fujifilm camera and film. The winners will also be invited to make a video recording of themselves showcasing their winning entry. The photos from the shortlist and winners will be displayed at the GSA annual conference in November.

Winning photos will be published on the GSA website at and shared on social media; winners must keep their status confidential until this time.


  • You may interpret the theme in any way you wish.
  • Entries are free.
  • Submissions can be photos in any aspect ratio – portrait, landscape, panorama, square etc. All entries should be one photo only. If more than one photo is submitted per application, the first photo will be selected as the one to be judged.
  • You can use any camera or device to take a photo – including iPads, phones, cameras – anything that has a camera, you can use to take your photo.
  • Please include your name, year, and school on your submission.
  • Please include a title for your submission.
  • Please include a caption for your photo that is no more than 50 words and starts “Now you know…”
  • Only one entry per pupil allowed.
  • There are three age categories:
    a. KS2 – Years 3 to 6 – most people will be aged 7-11 years
    b. KS3 – Years 7 to 9 – most people will be aged 11-14
    c. KS4 & KSS – Years 10 to 13 (incl Sixth Form) – most people will be aged 14-18
  • Entries must be your own original work.
  • Entries must be submitted no later than June 30th using the form below. A supervising teacher’s email address will be required for submission.
  • Entries will be judged by a panel of judges who are all practicing and professional photographers in their own right – Ed Kirwan, Jade Beason, Rich McCor and Daisy Gaston there will be no sifting. The judges’ decision is final, and no correspondence will be entered into.
  • Entries will be judged on the following criteria:
    a. Originality and creativity
    b. Creative expression of the ‘Now you know…’ theme
    c. Composition of photo
    d. Use of title and caption to engage the viewer in the photograph
  • Winners will be announced in the Autumn term 2023.

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