It only seems fitting that we should look at creative avenues of fundraising when we are raising funds for Rock2Recovery. As there mission statement mentions they want to utilise the power of creativity to help servicemen/women and veterans suffering with PTSD/MBTIs:
MISSION: TO PRESERVE LIVES OF DISTRESSED SERVICEMEN, VETERANS AND THEIR FAMILIES BY CONNECTING THEM TO APPROPRIATE MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONALS FOR EMERGENCY AND ROUTINE HELP. TO INSPIRE AND MOTIVATE SUFFERERS TO A BETTER FUTURE THROUGH THE POWER OF CREATIVITY.
Over the coming months we will be launching many different creative ways for people to join Team Fortitude without getting muddy, but maybe messy in a different way with a lens or a paintbrush in hand.
We are shortly launching our first ever photo competition, that will be judged by Al Webb. Al is one half of team #OldSoldier (photographer) and very talented in the field of photography. The above photo speaks to his talent and creativity. We are excited to have Al on board with this project and hope that there will be plenty more in the future.
Nature as Therapy
WE HAVE A WINNER!!! Thank you to everyone who entered our photo competition. The amazing Al Webb had the tough job of judging the entries. Here is what he had to say:
For me , photography is a release , a photograph is a piece of time snatched from the air that will never happen again , it’s a whole story in one frame , a great shot should be something that’s full of wonder, escape and emotion , its giving someone a different perspective of themselves, its giving them a piece of themselves, its also showing others how you see things .
But what is a great shot? Is it one that is technically brilliant?, there are rules , but like most rules its good to break them once in a while otherwise we would all be the same. Is it one that was shot on the most high end camera with the best lens on it? I don’t think so , all the great photographers of the past never had the equipment that we have today, but we will never be able to match some of their shots, its how they approached the subject and captured it, a great shot , in some respects is no different to a hunter stalking prey, you have to be patient and wait until everything is right, other times you just have to go for it and act quick. So with that in mind , if you think a photograph is a great shot then it’s a great shot! Its how it makes you feel when you look at it , what is that person in the shot thinking? Who are they? Where is that beautiful place? What caused all that drama ? Being a photographer also means I document almost everything in my life and when I look at one of my own shots I can remember what I was feeling at the time I took it, I would urge everyone to pick up a camera and start capturing!
I was very honoured when Team Fortitude asked me to judge a photo competition for them, they are a great bunch of people doing great things , we had some great shots sent in , there`s a lot of people in Team Fortitude that take great photos, including the ones who didn’t enter, there`s a hint there for those that didn’t enter……
But the winning shot for me was a landscape by Sarah Wixon, I`m looking at it now as I write, the subject was Nature As Therapy , nature is a great healer and to put it pure and simply, Sarah`s shot makes me want to step into it and be there, smell all the smells and feel all the textures and escape , it looks to be a perfect place to Stop, Talk , Act and Refocus, and that is why, for me , that was the best shot in this competition .
So here it is photo competition number 2!
This topic is amazing and huge THANK YOU for Al Webb for coming up with it!
WHAT IS YOUR ROCK?!
So with everything there is a learning curve and we have made a few changes to these competitions and here they are:
Cost? One entry is £5 or 4 entries for £15. This will enter you into each of the 4 competitions that we will have running this year.
Judges? Going forward there will be a mixed panel of judges, for the WHAT IS YOUR ROCK? They are Al Webb, Dan Elliott, Laura Millington and Sabrina Waterhouse
Topics? These will also be being picked by various Rock2Recovery directors/supporters but we will let you know who 🙂
All that is left now is for you to get creative, make use of your new camera or dust off your old one, think about what is YOUR rock, and email us your photos. to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Last entry is March 19th 2017
Good luck and enjoy being creative xx