The three winners in the Photography category of Nottingham's Young Creative Awards 2021 are about to get their work showcased in the windows of city centre businesses this October, thanks to Nottingham Business Improvement District.

Since its inception in 2009, Nottingham’s Young Creative Awards has been an annual fixture in the city’s calendar: a big, bright burst of originality; inspiring, supporting and  celebrating young creative talent in Nottingham. There are 11 different categories within the competition and they are open to anyone aged 11 to 24 who lives, studies or works in Nottingham. This year’s awards were entered by just under 600 young people, with 31 talented young creatives named as the cream of this year’s crop.

Including the winners of the Photography category: 

Daisy Bartram (age 13) - Young Creative Awards 2021 Photography category winner (11-15 age group)

Rosie Baird (age 18) - Young Creative Awards 2021 Photography category winner (16-18 age group)

Fioralmpa Banousi (age 22) - Young Creative Awards 2021 Photography category winner (19-24 age group)

The annual Young Creative Awards always gives a vibrant snapshot of the issues and themes occupying the minds of Nottingham’s young creatives, and this year has been no different. Entrants used their creativity to address important issues including racism, gender stereotypes, mental health, homelessness, female body image and, of course, the ongoing impact of Covid-19.

To celebrate the talent of these young people, Nottingham BID has partnered with Young Creatives Nottingham to provide an opportunity for their work to be displayed in the windows of city centre businesses - exposing their talent to a variety of people and as well as creating vibrant windows for businesses.

The artwork will be on display from Monday  11 October to Sunday 31 October 2021 and can be found at The Cornerhouse, Clean Cut Kitchen (Victoria Centre, upper mall) and Sharps Bedrooms on Lister Gate.

Commenting on the event, Lucy Stanford, Director of Operations at Nottingham BID said:

“We are delighted to be supporting Young Creatives Nottingham, it is a great way to make the city centre more visually appealing and give some points of interest. We look forward to seeing people stop to look at the artworks and discover what talented youngsters we have in the area.”

Nick Lawford, Director, Young Creatives Nottingham said:

"We are extremely proud to be working with Nottingham BID and key city centre businesses to celebrate the work of some of Nottingham's brilliant young creatives. This year’s Young Creative Awards was entered by nearly 600 young people from all over the city and, as always, our expert judges were bowled over by the talent on display. It is very exciting to be showcasing the work of the three YCA 2021 Photography category winners - Daisy, Rosie and Fioralmpa - in Nottingham's vibrant city centre, bringing their fabulous images to a huge new audience. Thank you to Nottingham BID for making this happen."

Past YCA winners include singer-songwriter Rob Green, poet and performer Bridie Squires, dancer Jamal Sterrett Phoenix and make-up artist and Instagram sensation Romanie-Jade Tulloch.

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