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Award nominations launch to find the country's most inspiring young people

31 May 2016

Today, nominations opened for the British Red Cross Humanitarian Awards 2016, which celebrate the extraordinary things ordinary young people do. The awards recognise children and young adults who have helped people in their local communities and beyond.

The event, sponsored by Canon, acknowledges how every day young people are making a huge difference to other people's lives across the UK; giving first aid, befriending vulnerable people, fundraising and campaigning for good causes.

The four award categories are:

  • fundraising
  • first aid
  • community action; and
  • volunteering

Previous award winners have included young people who have triumphed over personal challenges, enriched their communities and been first aid heroes. Many have also volunteered and raised money and awareness for good causes.

This year the theme of the award is ‘making a difference matters’ and nominations are invited for people aged 25 or under and both individuals and groups of young people are eligible. There is an award for each category, in addition to an overall winner.  The nomination can be supported by either a photo or video to bring these fantastic stories to life.

The annual photography and video competition will run alongside the Humanitarian Award, where young people can submit entries also based on the theme ‘making a difference matters’. Entries will be judged by a panel including experts from Canon with prizes awarded in two age categories, 17 and under, and 18 to 25.

Gary Mountain, Youth Leadership Co-ordinator, British Red Cross said: “We’re excited to launch this year’s Humanitarian Awards to find the country’s biggest and brightest young stars. From first aid to fundraising, these are young people who have gone above and beyond to help others in their local community. At the British Red Cross we want to celebrate these incredible acts of kindness and discover the next generation of humanitarians.”

Bob Pickles, Director of Public Sector Business Development and Public Affairs at Canon said: “Following the brilliant entries received for last year’s Humanitarian Awards, we’re excited to see the heroic work that young people have carried out over the last year. We are also pleased to add a new video category to the photography competition and look forward to seeing how this year’s theme is captured through the power of photography and video. Good luck to all this year’s entrants!”

Nominations for the 2016 awards will open Monday 23rd May – Sunday 7th August 2016:


Winners of the Humanitarian Award and the photography and video competition will be announced at an awards ceremony at the House of Commons, Palace of Westminster on Tuesday 15 November 2016.



About the British Red Cross

The British Red Cross helps millions of people in the UK and around the world to prepare for, respond to, and recover from emergencies, disasters and conflicts. Our volunteers and staff help people in crisis to live independently by providing support at home, mobility aids and transport. We also teach first aid skills. We are part of the global Red Cross and Red Crescent humanitarian network.

We refuse to ignore people in crisis. 

About Canon UK

Canon (UK) Ltd is the UK & Ireland marketing and sales operation for Canon Inc., employing around 2,000 people.

Founded in 1937 with the specific goal of making the best quality camera available to customers, Canon’s tireless passion for the Power of Image has since extended its technology into many other markets and has established it as a world leader in both consumer and business imaging solutions.  Its solutions comprise products, ranging from digital compact and SLR cameras, through broadcast lenses and portable X-ray machines, to multi-function and production printers, all supported by a range of value added services.

Canon invests heavily in R&D to deliver the most innovative products and services to satisfy customers’ creative needs. From amateur photographers to professional print companies, Canon enables each customer to realise their own passion for image.

Canon’s corporate philosophy is Kyosei – ‘living and working together for the common good’. In EMEA, Canon Europe pursues sustainable business growth, focusing on reducing its own environmental impact and supporting customers to reduce theirs using Canon’s products, solutions and services. Canon has achieved global certification to ISO 14001, demonstrating a world-class environmental management standard.

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