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Young Carers: A Life in Focus

The RPS and Action for Children encourage young carers in the UK to capture their lives on camera

The RPS and Action for Children are encouraging young carers in the UK to join a brand-new nationwide photography project.

Open to all young carers across the UK, the charities who share HRH The Duchess of Cambridge as a Patron are asking all young carers to get creative, photograph what’s important to them in their lives, and learn a fantastic new skill along the way.

Through a series of exciting and innovative workshops led by professional photographer Jo Bradford, and a series of video interviews with renowned photographic artists, young carers will learn how to take unique images on their mobile phone, device or camera. Selected entries will form a nationwide photography exhibition later in the year.  

With an estimated 800,000 children and young people across the UK caring for a family member with a disability, illness, or mental health issue - some as young as five years old – The Royal Photographic Society and Action for Children are encouraging young carers to capture their thoughts, emotions, and life experiences.

Typically, young carers help with practical tasks around the home such as cooking, housework, and shopping; physical care, such as helping someone out of bed; and personal care, such as helping someone dress.

"There are thousands of inspirational young people in the UK performing regular caring duties for their loved ones, whilst also completing their education and somehow finding time to have a childhood. Every situation is different - but these remarkable lives are rarely seen in the media or understood by their peers. We will provide new photography skills to these young people and help celebrate their vital contribution to UK communities.” – Evan Dawson, RPS CEO

If you are, or know, a young carer in the UK, we encourage you to get involved and share your photographs. To find out more visit: →


Action for Children protects and supports vulnerable children and young people by providing practical and emotional care and support, ensuring their voices are heard and campaigning to bring lasting improvements to their lives. 

Supported by Arts Council England