A new photography award from the London Business School (LBS), in partnership with Canon, is calling for stories that shine a light on the positive social impact businesses can have on the world.
Individual photographers, as well as agencies and organisations, are invited to submit stories of five to 10 images, with a 500-word description, that highlight how a company is improving people’s lives. Pictures must have been shot after 1 January 2015 and fit within one of three categories: Environment, Energy and Resources, Community Engagement, and Human Development.
The LBS Photography Awards is the brainchild of Daniele Molteni, a current MBA candidate at LBS, and a keen amateur photographer. Daniele studied Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and its impact as part of his course, but was motivated by his passion for photography to push the debate beyond the classroom. “The LBS Photo Awards has been created to inspire and promote projects with significant community, human or environmental impact."
“Organisations have the power to shape our society,” says Daniele. “Think, for example, of the positive impact a new technology to produce safe cooking fuel can have on an African community, or a locally-owned restaurant that employs disadvantaged young Londoners can have on the city's youth. I believe that photojournalism can play a key role in encouraging, strengthening and influencing the narrative around these topics.
The Best Story winner and two runners-up will be announced at a ceremony in the London Business School, London, on 8 February 2018. The winner will receive a £2,000 cash prize and pro bono consultancy from LBS students to support the organisation they are promoting, or a charity of their choice. The five best stories in each category will be displayed at an exhibition to be held at LBS from 8 to 14 February.
We’re looking for stories that dig deep into the issues humanity is facing.
Chaired by LBS Dean François Ortalo-Magné, the judging panel will bring together senior figures from academia, Canon and the wider photography industry. Impressing them will take more than technically-accomplished, beautiful pictures. “We’re looking for visual storytelling that digs deep into the key issues humanity is facing,” adds Daniele. “The competition gives photographers the opportunity to pick from a wide range of stories and topics, from first-world communities to developing countries, from global corporations to family businesses and start-ups.”
As a global company with its own commitment to responsible business practices, Canon is proud to sponsor the awards. “Since we were founded in 1937, the company has followed a Japanese corporate philosophy of Kyosei, or ‘living and working together for the common good’,” says Canon Europe Pro Imaging Group Marketing Manager, Richard Shepherd. We’re conscious of the impact of our business on communities, and the natural environment. These awards offer an opportunity to inspire a wider conversation about how companies can create change across the world through compelling visual stories.”
The London Business School Photography Awards close for entries at 11.59pm on 30 November 2017. Visit www.lbsphotoawards.com to apply.