Diddipix Inspires Children to Take Photos and Win Prizes
Diddipix, a children-focussed website recently launched by photographer Kirsten Harvey, has announced a range of new competitions. Children can upload their photos onto their own gallery pages with the possibility of winning awards and prizes including Nikon cameras and the opportunity to have their photos published in a Diddipix yearbook. "Children are very receptive to new ideas, particularly if it is about being creative," Kirsten says. "They don’t have the same inhibitions as adults and tend to explore their world organically, with no pre-conceived views and opinions."
Diddipix Press Release
DIDDIPIX INSPIRES BUDDING YOUNG PHOTOGRAPHERS TO GET OUT AND ABOUT THIS SUMMER TO WIN GREAT PRIZES.
Diddipix, the worldwide camera club for kids, is a new award winning site designed to inspire primary aged children to have fun with photography. Perfect timing for the summer holidays!
Teacher, children’s writer, photographer and mother, Kirsten Harvey, has created a website jam-packed with everything your child needs to know about being creative with cameras and innovative with images.
Kirsten wants to inspire children to get out and about and start taking pictures. ‘Children are very receptive to new ideas, particularly if it is about being creative,’ Kirsten says. ‘They don’t have the same inhibitions as adults and tend to explore their world organically, with no pre-conceived views and opinions.’
She believes children have the potential to take amazing photographs; whether it is simply with a camera phone, a toy camera or something more sophisticated. Through Diddipix, she wants to help kids look at the world in different ways, increase their confidence and get pleasure from sharing their work. Instead of simply taking snap-shots of family and friends, Kirsten wants to show children that they can take photography and digital creativity to a whole new level.
How does Diddipix work?
Children and schools from all over the world can join Diddipix; there are already members from the UK, Australia, Kenya, Canada and the Lebanon. Children can upload their photos onto their own gallery pages with the possibility of winning awards and prizes. They could win Nikon cameras and their photos could be published in a Diddipix yearbook. Members receive certificates, get handy hints on taking photos, see what cool gadgets are in the marketplace, view current news and events and learn from inspiring professionals. Kids can also rate each others’ photos and leave comments about their work. Diddipix offers all this for a pocket-money priced membership.
Not only does Diddipix help and inspire school children, it supports children’s charities too; through projects and exhibitions found on the ‘bigger picture’ pages.
What inspired Kirsten to set up a photography business?
Kirsten has always loved photography, teaching and writing so it made sense to create a business which combined these skills and experiences. Kirsten took up photography whilst teaching in Kenya. She then set up her own darkroom, taught herself black and white photography and specialised in photographing tribes-people. She then gained associateship status with the four main prestigious photographic bodies and recently qualified for an MA in writing for children.
Kirsten has two young children, one of whom is disabled and has had to create her business around the complexities of having a child with special needs. But through motivation and determination she has worked out her priorities. ‘Believe in yourself,’ she says. ‘If you really feel passionately about something, go for it! You need to look at the skills you have, the things you love doing and the opportunities available to you – and make the best out of your situation. I’ve proved that it’s possible to steer a slightly different course in life and still have successful and positive outcomes.’
Kirsten has big plans to take Diddipix forward and grow the site. She aims to build on the memberships so that children from all over the world will join up and be part of the club. Kirsten is looking to establish inter-schools photographic competitions, offer Diddipix workshops to schools and clubs and has lots of ideas of how to support more children’s charities.
Through Diddipix, Kirsten aims to provide children with even more tools, knowledge and ideas to help them to enjoy taking photos and manipulating their images.
‘Taking photos is like going on an adventure in the outside world,’ said a nine year old after a Diddipix workshop session. ‘It has made me look at things differently. I now see things that I would normally walk past without noticing. When I take a picture of an ordinary object I know how to transform it into an amazing picture. I think I am like a professional photographer and that makes me feel proud.’