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Humanitarian Citizen Awards

Celebrating the extraordinary things ordinary young people do.

Every day young people are making a huge difference to other people's lives across the UK. They are giving first aid, befriending vulnerable people, fundraising and campaigning for good causes.

The annual British Red Cross Humanitarian Citizen Awards celebrate these extraordinary young people aged 25 and under. 

The four award categories are:

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

There is an award for each category in addition to an overall winner. Both individuals and groups of young people can be nominated. 

The awards ceremony takes place on 24 November 2015 in the House of Commons at the Palace of Westminster to which all short-listed nominees are invited to attend.

If you know an extraordinary young person, or group, make sure you nominate them before 2 August 2015. Winners will collect a fantastic prize kindly provided by the event sponsors Canon.

Make a nomination

Photography category

For a second year running, we also have a photography category. Winners will be offered fabulous prizes from Canon.

Our competition theme this year is ‘Celebrating your community’.

Often, humanitarian action starts at the heart of communities, and we are asking young people to reflect this in their photography.

Through this theme, we want to encourage young people to celebrate their own communities, and the contributions made by communities and individuals within them.

There are two age categories:

  • 17 and under, and
  • 18 to 25.

The overall winners in both categories will each receive a Canon EOS 760D plus lens.

All entries are to be emailed to:

Nominations for this special category can be made until 20 September 2015 and young people do not need any connection to the Red Cross to be nominated for an award.

The full list of winners will be announced at the main awards ceremony.

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Meet one of our previous winners

HCA winner 2012 Erin McNeill

Erin McNeill won our overall award for educating people about fire safety after she herself was caught in a horrific house fire.

More about Erin >