Three of Camara Ireland’s Techspaces have made it into the final stages of a global award for youth media projects.
The Adobe Youth Voices Awards recognises young people from 13 to 19 years of age who have used technology to creatively express their vision for driving positive change in local communities. Since 2006 the competition has attracted nearly 100,000 entries worldwide across seven categories.
The Irish finalists are from YMCA Ireland in Cork for their documentary Raphael Christian, My Story; Youth Link in Belfast for their music video Lack of Opportunity; and DCU’s UniTY programme with the Donahies Community School in Dublin for their short filmKeep Calm and Be Mindful.
As well as competing for judges awards in their respective categories, the finalists are also subject to a public vote for the audience award consisting of a package of a $500 donation to a charity of their choice, a one-year subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud, a Samsung Galaxy tablet and s copy of Adobe CS Production Premium Suite.
The Adobe Youth Voices programme is managed in Ireland by TechSpace in association with a consortium of partners. Over 90 educators have been trained in digital media at 54 locations throughout the island of Ireland since TechSpace’s inception in 2012.
DCU UnITy coordinator Darren Heaney explained about the finalist project Keep Calm and Be Mindful that “the students were really passionate about this topic as they felt that teenagers often have a lot on their minds and it can often go unnoticed.”
The deadline for voting is today 30th May!
Documentary: Raphael Christian, My Story by YMCA Ireland
Music Video: Lack of Opportunity by Youth Links NI
Narrative: Keep Calm & Be Mindful by DCU UniTY