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Competition sets out to find the best photographs of social enterprise in the UK and Ireland

23-07-2010 | 'Social Vision: business at its best' is looking for images that capture the unique and transformative work of social enterprise. Now in its third year, the photography competition is for the first time being jointly run by Triodos Bank and the Social Enterprise Coalition, in association with Social Enterprise magazine.

Business at its best is about transforming lives through enterprising ideas and solutions; it's about social and environmental missions guiding the way to financial stability and a more just and sustainable world.

Social enterprises are businesses trading for social and environmental purposes.  Simply put, they use the power of business to address some of society's most pressing challenges. 

We're looking for images that show the passion, people and places using enterprise to drive positive change.  So if you're working for a social enterprise take a photo that highlights your day to day activities and tell us the story behind the image.

The winning photographer will receive a cash prize of £750. The social enterprise featured in the photograph will also win £750 along with one year's free membership to the Social Enterprise Coalition, an entry ticket for two people to Voice 11, a year's subscription to Social Enterprise magazine and £1000 worth of print advertising in Social Enterprise magazine.

Regional heats will be taking place in each of the nine English regions and in Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland before the finalists go head to head to win the overall prize. The UK winner will be decided by an online public vote. All of the shortlisted photos will go on display in London during November and will be used to create a new 2011 photographic calendar. The competition opens today and will close on Friday 1 October 2010 at 5pm.  The regional finalists will be announced on Social Enterprise Day, Thursday 18 November. 

Past entries have featured a range of social enterprise from Zaytoun, importers of fairtrade olive oil from Palestine, to Pants to Poverty, whose organic cotton underwear helps to support 7,000 farmers in India.

Peter Holbrook, CEO of the Social Enterprise Coalition, said: "We're really delighted to be partnering with Triodos Bank to run this year's Social Vision photography competition.  Over the past two years we have been amazed by the quality of the entries and the powerful way in which they have communicated the benefits of social enterprise. The competition is a great opportunity for us to learn more about new and existing social enterprises from across the UK and the brilliant work that they do."

Charles Middleton, Triodos Bank managing director, added: "This competition is a celebration of the spirit and success of social enterprise, which is the lifeblood of the UK's future economy. We're delighted to have the opportunity to review so many fantastic photographs giving a snapshot of social enterprise at work."

To enter e-mail socialvision@triodos.co.uk  and request an application form. Or visit www.triodos.co.uk/socialvision  for a full list of the rules and regulations for the competition. 

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For further information or interviews please contact Katherine Harvey, press and communications officer at the Social Enterprise Coalition at katherine.harvey@socialenterprise.org.uk or call 020 7793 2286

The Social Enterprise Coalition is the UK's national body for social enterprise working to inform the national policy agenda, share best practice and showcase the benefits of social enterprise. www.socialenterprise.org.uk 

Triodos Bank only finances organisations which create social, environmental or cultural added value. Key sectors include social enterprise, organic food and farming, renewable energy and fair trade. www.triodos.co.uk

Social Enterprise Day (Thursday 18 November) is a national celebration of Social Enterprise and takes place as part Global Entrepreneurship Week (15 -19 November). The GEW campaign is run by Enterprise UK and supported by the Department of Business, Industry and Skills www.gew.org.uk 

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