The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) has launched a competition offering photographers the chance to win a £1,000 prize and have their entry form part of a historical record of nursing in the 21st century.

[Photo credit: Ali Lomas]

The RCN is challenging photographers to record ‘nursing life as it happens in its many diverse settings and communities’, and capture the ‘innovation and diversity of the modern-day nursing profession’.

The RCN’s chief executive and general secretary Janet Davies said: ‘This competition will celebrate and showcase the reality of the wonderful profession of nursing.

‘Modern nursing is complex but rewarding and ‘Care on Camera’ will be a great way of showcasing the fantastic work that goes on up and down the country every day.

‘The RCN centenary is a milestone in our history and this will capture a moment in time for future generations.’

Ali Lomas, a newly qualified nurse who is helping to launch the ‘Care on Camera’ competition, said: ‘Photography has always been part of my life and has given me the opportunity to capture some of life’s most precious moments.’

Open to amateurs and professionals, the free-to-enter contest is backed by the Royal Photographic Society, whose director-general Michael Pritchard said: ‘Photography plays an important role within medicine for diagnostic reasons.

‘It is used as therapy with patients and, of course, we are all making more images than ever before.’

The judges include actress Tamzin Outhwaite, who said: ‘I have relied on nursing staff countless times throughout my life – from visiting my GP practice nurse for holiday vaccinations to the nurses and midwives who supported me when I was pregnant with my daughters.

‘Every one of those nursing staff has impacted on my life and the lives of my children.’

The closing date is 29 February 2016.

For full details, visit www.rcn100photo.org.uk.