Island Junior Journalist and Photojournalist Competition

by Jo Quinney
(Menai Bridge)

Be like Laura Swinton & Tom Powell at 'StormFM' Bangor Student Radio

Be like Laura Swinton & Tom Powell at 'StormFM' Bangor Student Radio

The Kaya Festival team are launching an exciting competition with a local newspaper to find three ‘Junior Journalists’ and three ‘Junior Photojournalists’ to cover the inaugural Kaya Festival at the Vaynol Estate, Bangor, Gwynedd, in June.

Winners will receive a ‘press pass’ to gain work experience and collaborate with the Kaya Festival team.

The partnership between NWN Media Ltd, the Kaya Festival, Welshot Photographic Academy and the DIGS Project will support and promote six talented young people and provide them with a fantastic experience to broaden their skills.

To enter the competition, the ‘Junior Journalists’ must submit 300–400 words on the theme of ‘Celebrating cultural diversity – World Music, World Food, World Love!’ to DIGS(dot)project(at)gmail(dot)com by Sunday, 20 May.

"Junior Photojournalists" must capture an image reflecting the theme "World Music, World Food, World Love!" and email it to DIGS Project (see above) by Sunday, 20 May.

Please ensure you email your entry with your name, address, phone number and your age by the 20 May 2012. The age groups for the competition are 13–15, 16–18 and 19–21.

The 19–21-year-olds will win press passes to cover the Global DJ night on Friday, 1 June. The 16–18-year-olds will win press passes to cover the "Do Youth Day" on Saturday, 2 June. And the 13–15-year-olds will win press passes to cover the Kayabbean afternoon and the Caribbean fancy-dress procession
on Sunday, 3 June.

We will arrange for the winner to attend, with an adult, at an appropriate time to cover the festival. If you are aged under 18, you must be accompanied by an adult. A full brief will be given on the day and the festival team will work with the winners to assist in creating a polished and professional piece of work.

The winners’ work will feature in our festival report. It will also feature in a DIGS Project publication and in Kaya Festival publications.

"We are determined to leave a positive economic footprint from the festival and develop the talents of local young people. Please get your competition entry in; we are looking forward to working with you," said Festival Director and musician, Thabani Nyoni.

In addition to the competition, local young people have their own "Do Youth Day" within the main festival, with a PA from MC star Tinchy Stryder, creative workshops and the British DJ&MC Academy encouraging local talent. Coleg Menai, Careers Wales and local training providers will offer apprenticeships, mentoring and training opportunities.

Kaya ‘Do Youth’ day tickets are £15.00 and can be brought via the festival website at or through local Kaya ticket agents.

The competition terms are at

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