As part of the preparation for AP’s annual awards, we are looking to celebrate the hard work and community spirit of people who are using photography for the benefit of others or to help make the world a better place. In other words, we are looking for this year’s ‘Unsung Hero.’

It may be someone who is working with children or vulnerable adults, using the therapeutic power of photography to help them get over anxiety and depression, or a physical disability or illness. Perhaps they are using their own camera in the service of a charity to help raise awareness or money for them. Either way, the Unsung Hero Award is all about those who are using photography, and cameras, to do something positive for others in the wider community.

Our previous Unsung Hero award was won by Simon Wiffen, a portrait and events photographer from Yorkshire. Simon’s son, Ellis, was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis at three weeks old, which prompted him to do a documentary photography book on people living with it. The book is called 47/A Life with Cystic Fibrosis, and features portraits of 47 individuals – 47 being the median lifespan of people with the condition. The book has raised over £2000 for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust.

A montage of some of Simon Wiffen’s portraits from his marvellous book

How to enter

While Simon’s story surrounding cystic fibrosis is inspiring, you can nominate anyone – the only proviso is that the photographer is not already widely recognised for their sterling work helping others or the wider community. You can also nominate yourself. Once we have received the nominations for all of the unsung heroes, the editorial team at Amateur Photographer will select the winner and we will organise the award-giving process.

In your nomination, you will need to tell us – in 200 words or less – the name of the hero you are nominating and why, or why you are nominating yourself.

Please include any links to relevant photography, or attach up to eight images as necessary, and we will also need your own contact details. NB: please don’t send massive image attachments. Low resolution is fine at this stage.

Email the details to

The closing date is 15 January 2021.

The entries will be judged by AP staff and the overall winner will be contacted by email