YOUNG photographers are being invited to focus on the stage.
The Royal Shakespeare Company is running a competition for budding snappers aged 16 to 25.
Four winners will be chosen to take the rehearsal photos for the RSC’s Shakespeare productions next spring, including Macbeth starring former Dr Who Christopher Eccleston, together with Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, and The Merry Wives of Windsor.
The winners will be commissioned as professional rehearsal photographers, contracted and paid for by the RSC, as well as being guided and mentored by one of the photography judges.
Their photos will be used in the programme for each production, and they will also receive tickets to see the production they photographed.
To enter the competition, young snappers should post the photo they want to be judged on Instagram, tagging @TheRSCKey in the photo and using the hashtag #RSCPhotoComp, before the competition closes on Sunday December 3. Entries will then be shortlisted before the winners are announced on Monday December 18.
The judges include theatre photographers Manuel Harlan, Helen Maybanks and Topher McGrillis, together with the RSC’s deputy artistic director Erica Whyman, RSC director of communications Liz Thompson and RSC image manager Michelle Morton.
Michelle said: “The aim of our competition is not only to provide an incredible opportunity for young people to experience the work of the RSC, but could also be a real step towards a professional career in theatre photography.
“We hope that as a result, we will see new talent in the world of theatre photography which can only have a positive impact on helping to support the work of theatre companies.”
Visit www.rsc.org.uk/rsc-key/rsc-key-photography-competition for further details.