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MDX: Take Climate Action

MDX: Take Climate Action is a series of events and competitions designed to inspire, empower and support young people to take climate action.

As part of Take Climate Action, students can take part in competitions, visits to campus as well as discussions around climate activism.

Submit your competition entry

Climate Action Competitions

These competitions are designed to encourage you, the next generation of climate activists to take a photo or write a letter to an influential member in the London Assembly to spread awareness of climate action being taken in your local community.

There are two competitions you can apply for:

Photography: Sustainability of Communities and the Environment

As part of MDX: Take Climate Action; we are asking young people who are interested in photography, to take part in a judged competition to spread awareness of climate action being taken in your local community through the medium of photography.

To be eligible you must be a student in year 10 or above at school or college.

The deadline to apply is: Friday 23 September 2022

  • Photography: Sustainability of Communities and the Environment

    • Competition brief

      What you need to do:

      • Take an original photograph on the theme of Climate Action and Sustainability of Communities and the Environment (See examples and support notes under specification)
      • Write a brief description of how the photograph relates to and express your feelings about the theme
      • You can shoot/represent this single point of interest in different ways - this can be still life, landscape, archive/found imagery, collage, digital manipulation, virtual reality, image and text, analogue camera, polaroid, moving image/audio etc.
      • Don’t forget to give your photo a title.

      Keep your ideas simple and specific; we do not expect you to tackle the entirety of an issue. Research your subject, find something specific to focus on and then experiment.

    • How to apply

      Submit your competition entry

      Your photo can be in any format/ medium.

      Photographs will need to be submitted with a short text explaining the context of the image. All submitted photographs will be displayed at the event on TVs/display screens, as a sustainable alternative to printing.

      The three best photographs will be printed with their accompanying texts. Proceeding the announcement of the winner, the texts of the three best submissions will be read to the audience. The winner and runners up will have their work displayed on the MDX website. They will also be presented with a certificate and prize.

    • Deadline for applying
      • You will have until Friday 23 September 2022 to submit your photograph
      • Submit to MDX by using this form
      • Winning participants will be notified by email and the official announcement of the winners will follow on Monday 3 October
    • Specifications and tips
      1. Research and find photo inspiration.
      2. Read your camera’s manual.
      3. Find your location and set up your equipment.
      4. Frame your photo through the lens, and make sure the light and colour are balanced.
      5. Hold your camera carefully.
      6. Take your time.
      7. Take many photos, and try not to check each one as you take them.
      8. Edit your photos post photoshoot.
      9. Keep an eye out for composition. Photo composition, or the arrangement of visual elements, is key to telling your whole story.
      10. Plan out your depth of field. How far away is your subject? Is your subject clear and in focus? These questions all have to deal with your depth of focus.
      11. Plan out your depth of field. How far away is your subject? Is your subject clear and in focus? These questions all have to deal with your depth of focus.
      12. Edit your photos. After your photoshoot make sure to take the time to edit your favourite photos. Often this will be the step that makes them outstanding finished projects.
      13. Focus on perspective. Sometimes a new angle is all you need to make your photograph instantly better.
      14. Plan ahead your ideas and actions.
      15. Be aware of your background.

      For further information click here

    • Judging

      How will we judge your photo?

      The photo you take will be judged fairly by 3 judges: A photography student at Middlesex University, a photography lecturer and a Marketing Officer for Arts and Creative Industries. You will be judged on how closely you stick to the theme and the following criteria:

      • expression of theme
      • overall impact
      • originality
      • creativity
      • artistic expression
      • personal expression
      • visual appeal
      • does the chosen image clearly communicate the brief
      • have the techniques used to create the image been successful
      • is the image well presented
      • does the concept show evidence of research, analysis and thinking

      Photographs will be not be judged on how much experience or which technology the participant uses. If they have an eye and a passion for creating beautiful photographs we’d like to invite them to take part and a decision will be made without considering the participants’ professional experience or background or the use of professional or special equipment.

    • Judging Criteria
      Concept12345
      Conceptual Thinking(originality/creativityNo evidence of conceptual engagement in the generation of photographic solutions.The student has generated basic creative concepts for the project brief but the concept taken remains simplistic.The student has started to generate a conceptual approach that is relevant and has also helped to formulate a response to the brief. However, some elements are not integrated into a coherent idea.There is a clearly identified conceptual approach, which exhibits a considered effort to formulate and integrate an original concept.The student has generated a concept showing a strong creative response to the brief. It is well thought through and successfully integrates the student's research and practice into a theoretical framework for the project.
      Presentation     
      Visual Communication and Overall ImpactThe project work submitted fails to communicate the concept.The work is visually unresolved and does not fully communicate the concept through the integration of visual languageWhile some visual elements communicate the concept, others are not fully explored or integrated as a whole.Appropriate elements of visual language have been integrated into a very effective communication of concepts and ideas.The work shows a highly positive and sound response using sophisticated visual language to effectively communicate concepts and viewpoints. It ‘generalises the concept through specificity’.
      Research     

      Analysis and thinking

      (assessment of accompanying text)

      No evidence of reflection, analysis or relevance to the project brief.Some effort has been made to analyse research and there is minimal evidence of practical application to the development of the project.There is a clear analysis of how the work relates to the topic and some personal reflection on how the research has influenced and informed the student's own work.There is accurate interpretation and evaluation of relationships between different elements of the research. Personal reflection is pertinent and well-considered.The research has been critically analysed, reflected upon and has clearly informed the student's own photographic practices.
    • Terms and Conditions
      1. The competition is open to students in Year 12 or Year 1 of further education college
      2. Pupils can only enter individually
      3. Only one entry per pupil will be accepted per competition
      4. The closing date for the competition is 23 September 2022
      5. The winner and runner-ups will be announced on w/c 3 October 2022
      6. No responsibility will be accepted for entries lost or delayed
      7. The panel of judges will include a student, a graduate academic assistant and a staff member from Middlesex University. The decision of the judges is final and binding and no correspondence will be entered into.
      8. The first prize will be awarded to the entry deemed by the judges to be most aligned to the Sustainability of Communities and the Environment competition brief
      9. There is no cash alternative for any prize in this competition
      10. We reserve the right to amend the terms and conditions and will be updated on this website.
      11. Middlesex University reserves the right to reproduce and utilise in whole or in part the entries submitted for information, publicity and promotional purposes.
      12. One person will be picked to win the competition, in addition to two runner-ups
      13. Please note competition entries will not be deemed valid if T&C’s are not met
      14. Entering this competition implies full and complete acceptance of these terms and conditions of which entry instructions form a part. Promoter: Middlesex University The Burroughs, Hendon, London NW4 4BT (Please DO NOT send entries to this address. Thank you.)
    • Prizes

      There will be prizes awarded to 1 winner and 2 runners-up.

      Prizes include; Camera Lens, Tripod, Vlogging light or insta/polaroid camera

    • Message to Teachers and Advisers

      Here at Middlesex University, we are focused on placing sustainability at the forefront of our actions. We know this is a key concern among many young people so are excited to launch a series of competitions that engage YR10-13 pupils in climate advocacy. We hope this activity will support young people to develop the skills and confidence to raise the green agenda. In addition to this skill-raising experience, we are offering exciting prizes to winners including a polaroid camera and kindle. The schools/colleges of the 2 winners will also receive £100 in book vouchers! Please share this opportunity with your students for your chance to win!

      For more info, not found on this page, please email: educationliaison@mdx.ac.uk

A Letter to a London Assembly member, Anne Clarke

As part of MDX: Take Climate Action, we are asking young people interested in sharing concerns/awarding praise regarding a sustainable initiative within their community to write to Anne Clarke, London Assembly member.

To be eligible you must be a student in year 10 or above at school or college.

The deadline to apply is: Friday 23 September 2022

  • A Letter to a London Assembly member, Anne Clarke

    • Competition Brief

      What you need to do:

      • Share your concerns and/or praise regarding environmental intervention to Anne Clarke London Assembley member.
      • Write this in the form of a letter.
      • Use persuasive and political writing to form your letter.
      • You are encouraged to freely express your voice through this letter so be as creative as you desire.

      The London Assembly holds the Mayor and Mayoral advisers to account as they examine policies and programmes on important issues important to Londoners through committee meetings, plenary sessions, site visits and investigations, this is all done publicly and means that Londoners can stay informed about the activities of the Mayor of London.

      London Assembly video

    • How to apply

      What you need to do:

      • Share your concerns and/or praise regarding environmental intervention to your Anne.
      • Write this in the form of a letter.
      • Use persuasive and political writing to form your letter.
      • You are encouraged to freely express your voice through this letter so be as creative as you desire.
      • Submit your competition entry

    • Deadline for applying

      Deadline to apply: Friday 23 September 2022

      Competition winner announced: Monday 3 October 2022

    • Specifications and tips

      EPIC format:

      The acronym ‘EPIC’ is a useful way to remember how to structure the main bulk of your letter.

      E = Engage Anne. Get her attention with a dramatic fact or short statement.

      P = State the problem. Present the cases of the problem you just introduced. How widespread is the problem?

      I = Inform Anne about the solutions. You could develop your solution by giving examples of how and where it has worked if possible and how these solutions would prove beneficial.

      C = Call to action. Now that you’ve engaged Anne, present the problem and informed them of a solution, you need to let the know what you want them to do about it.

      For further tips click here

    • Judging

      Your letter will be judged fairly by 3 judges: A  Student at Middlesex University, a lecturer and a Marketing Officer for Business and Law. You will be judged on how closely you stick to the theme and the following criteria (please see the writing tips for further information):

      • Making your letter personal
      • Being succinct
      • Referring to politics

      The three best submissions will be displayed on the Middlesex University website and presented with a certificate and award.

    • Terms and Conditions
      1. The competition is open to students in Year 12 or Year 1 of further education college
      2. Pupils can only enter individually
      3. Only one entry per pupil will be accepted per competition
      4. The closing date for the competition is 16 June 2022
      5. The winner and runners-up will be announced 27 June 2022
      6. No responsibility will be accepted for entries lost or delayed.
      7. The panel of judges will include a student, a graduate academic assistant and a staff member from Middlesex University. The decision of the judges is final and binding and no correspondence will be entered into.
      8. The first prize will be awarded to the entry deemed by the judges to have written a letter most aligned to the A Letter to a London Assembly member competition brief
      9. There is no cash alternative for any prize in this competition
      10. We reserve the right to amend the terms and conditions and will be updated on this website
      11. Middlesex University reserves the right to reproduce and utilise in whole or in part the entries submitted by pupils for information, publicity and promotional purposes
      12. One person will be picked to win the competition, in addition to two runner-ups
      13. Please note competition entries will not be deemed valid if T&C’s are not met
      14. Entering this competition implies full and complete acceptance of these terms and conditions of which entry instructions form a part. Promoter: Middlesex University The Burroughs, Hendon, London NW4 4BT (Please DO NOT send entries to this address. Thank you.)
    • Prizes

      There will be prizes awarded to 1 winner and 2 runners-up.

      Prizes include; Kindle voucher, national book tokens, stationary or Kindle.

    • Message to Teachers and Advisers

      Here at Middlesex University, we are focused on placing sustainability at the forefront of our actions. We know this is a key concern among many young people so are excited to launch a series of competitions that engage YR10-13 pupils in climate advocacy. We hope this activity will support young people to develop the skills and confidence to raise the green agenda. In addition to this skill-raising experience, we are offering exciting prizes to winners including a polaroid camera and kindle. The schools/colleges of the 2 winners will also receive £100 in book vouchers! Please share this opportunity with your students for your chance to win!

      For more info, not found on this page, please email: educationliaison@mdx.ac.uk

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