MyLondon contest rules

One hundred people affected by homelessness will receive a camera on Thursday 21 June. They will have 5 days to capture photos of London.

The annual MyLondon Photo Project is the main project run by Cafe Art and has been held every year since 2013.

Every year 100 Fujifilm Quicksnap one-time-use cameras are handed out at St Paul's Cathedral to people who have experienced homelessness.

The participants are contacted through homelessness-sector organisations, including Crisis, St Mungo's, 240 Project, The Connection at St Martin's in the Field, Art Fitzrovia and more.

Experience of rough sleeping a new requirement

In 2018 we changed the criteria to only include people who had experienced sleeping rough or who have experienced living in emergency housing. This new focus on those most impacted by homelessness was made to try to include the many people who are currently homeless, but also those who have experienced it and are now rebuilding their lives. We also include vulnerable people who have been referred to us by a homelessness-sector charity.

Cafe Art and the MyLondon Photo Project does not accept any behaviour from participants that would adversely affect other participants, volunteers of staff. This includes racist or homophobic language, bullying, or anything that would affect this inclusive project.

The cameras are handed out at St Paul's Cathedral in the Wren Suite. Participants unable to come to the handout can ask for a camera to be given to them, although the Wren Suite is wheelchair accessible.

The participants have five days to take photos of London. (they can return them on Tuesday 26 June 2018 at the same place they picked them up from)

On Friday 13 July all participants can pick up their photos from St Paul's Cathedral and will be offered the chance to choose three photos for the exhibition. The Exhibition will be held from Monday 29 July to Sunday 5 August and again from Monday 8 October to Sunday 14 October in Spitalfields Arts Market, London.

Thirteen photos from the project will feature in the 2019 MyLondon calendar, presold from 15 August on Kickstarter and launched on Monday 8 October at Spitalfields Market. Photos sold by Cafe Art earn money for the photographers (50% of the profit) and calendars sold earn money for vendors who have experienced homelessness, many of them who are photographers in the project.

Anyone wanting to pick up a camera should contact Paul Ryan paul@cafeart.org.uk
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