Charity Festival Photo Competition launched

8th September 2014

A festival organised by voluntary and community groups across Manchester is taking place from the 19th-28th September. This is the first of its kind in Manchester and has been created to celebrate the work of Manchester’s vibrant voluntary and community sector. There is a calendar of events organised by voluntary and community groups creating a city-wide showcase of their talent and creativity in order to entertain and to let you know who they are and what they do. This is also an opportunity to raise awareness for any support they may need from their local communities.

To accompany the Festival, Macc – the charity which supports voluntary and community activity across the city – is launching a photo competition to find what the Spirit of Manchester means to the people of the Manchester.

Macc is inviting people who live, work or study in Manchester to join in the Festival by capturing the memorable moments that take place. The photographs will help to create a lasting picture that shows the amazing groups and activities taking place in communities and neighbourhoods all across the city.

For a full calendar of festival events taking place in community spaces across Manchester visit

Mike Wild, Chief Executive of Macc, said
“We want to see your of great examples of community spirit in Manchester. This could be something you take part in or a photo taken at one of the Spirit of Manchester Festival events. This way, everyone in Manchester can take part in the Festival and join us in celebrating the fantastic work of our local volunteers and community groups. The Spirit of Manchester Festival includes all kinds of events taking place all across the city. We want to show people the wealth of amazing things taking place on your doorstep, in local communities. Manchester should be proud of its voluntary sector!”

The overall winner will receive
- A professionally mounted copy of the winning photograph
- £25 Gift Voucher
- A winner’s certificate
- The photo will be featured in Macc’s 2015 Annual Report

The judges may also choose to award Judges’ Choice certificates to additional entries which they believe are particularly good.

How to enter
- Send up to two photos by email to [email protected].
- Put “Spirit of Manchester Photo Competition” in the email
- Include your name, your contact details
- Say when and where the photo was taken
- Do not email links to photo sharing websites: we will not open them.
- We’d love you to share photos online under the hashtag #SpiritofMcr14Fest but only those emailed directly to us will be entered into the competition.
- Closing date 10pm 30th September 2014.

Terms and Conditions
- The competition is only open to amateur photographers.
- Entries must not have been offered for sale or have won other competitions
- Entries must have been taken within the city of Manchester during September 2014 - You can enter a maximum of two photographs
- Photos can be in colour or black and white.
- Editing and post-processing are allowed.
- Only entries supplied as reasonably high-quality digital files will be considered. (Typically, this would be a JPEG with a minimum size of 1MB and maximum of 6MB.) - Winners will be selected by a panel of judges.
- The contest submissions will be judged based on the creativity, originality and in accordance to the theme.
- We regret that we do not have capacity to contact unsuccessful entrants and we cannot give feedback on any of the entries be provided.
- By submitting your images, you confirm that it is your own work and agree that Macc may use them in the future, free of charge, in promoting voluntary and community activity in Manchester. Macc will ensure you are credited as the originator of the work.

Notes for Editors
1. Macc is a charity which provides support to Manchester’s voluntary and community sector. The organisation provides support to local groups in finding funds, setting up and developing, working in partnership, campaigning. Macc also runs the Manchester Voluntary Sector Assembly and Volunteer Centre Manchester.
2. Macc’s “State of the Sector” research published in 2013 revealed there are some 3093 voluntary and community sector organisations in the city of Manchester employing 12,400 staff alongside 94,300 volunteers.
3. The centrepiece of the Festival is the Spirit of Manchester Awards celebrating the achievements of voluntary and community groups all across the city.

Further information
Festival homepage:

Twitter hashtag for the Festival is #SpiritofMcr14Fest

State of the Voluntary Sector report:

Mike Wild
Chief Executive, Macc
T: 0161 834 9823
E: [email protected]
Twitter: @MikeWildMacc

Miriam Belfield
Spirit of Manchester Awards and Festival Co-ordinator, Macc
T: 0161 834 9823
E: [email protected]
Twitter: @McrCommCentral

Macc, Swan Buildings, 20 Swan Street, Manchester M4 5JW