Road Safety GB has today (4 March) launched a national competition for budding photographers to support the Second UN Global Road Safety Week (6-12 May) and its theme of pedestrian safety.
The competition, called ‘Footprints’, is open to young people aged 11-18 years and requires competitors to snap away on the theme of pedestrian safety. Footprints will run until 21 April and the winners will receive camera equipment provided by Panasonic.
Su Ormes, who is organising the competition on behalf of Road Safety GB, said: “When you watch the news or scan newspapers and the Internet, you would probably deduce that the likeliest threats to our teenagers are drugs, knife crime, suicide or homicide.
“However, the most likely cause of death to those aged 11–18 years in the UK is through injury sustained while using the roads.
“Through this competition we are aiming to engage with young people to find out what they see as the main contributory factors for this – to establish what ‘pedestrian safety’ means to them.”
In addition to the national competition, road safety teams around the UK are being encouraged to organise a ‘local’ competition in their area, or join forces with colleagues to run a regional competition. Winning entries for the local/regional competitions will then be put forward for the national competition.
The shortlisted entries will be showcased on the Road Safety GB website during Global Road Safety Week, with the winners being selected by public vote. The winning entry will be used to create a road safety poster.