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Ireland’s National School Photography Awards deadline has been extended

If you have any little creatives at home, who are looking for something fun to do over the mid-term break, then this could be just what they — and you — need!

It has been announced that the deadline for Ireland’s National School Photography Awards and Positive Primaries Programme has been extended until May 31, 2021. This will allow schools the time to successfully complete their Positive Primaries Journey and earn their Positive Primaries Flag.

Just participating in the awards has so many benefits — they help pupils increase their confidence, resilience, connection, kindness and readiness. It also gives a platform for teachers to creatively explore their wider curriculum, allowing students from all backgrounds to actively engage with subjects in new and exciting ways.

All INSPA’s Creative Well-being Activities are free to download, perfect for remote learning and are designed specifically for children by professional artists and mental health first-aiders. 

This year’s theme ‘Accessible Places | Safer Spaces’ is run in association with the Children’s Rights Alliance and is looking for images that focus on giving a voice to children in their new and changing environments.  

To begin your Positive Primaries Journey and participate in the awards you must register your school at Once you activate your school account, you will be able to upload your school activities, share ideas and engage with other Positive Primaries as they prepare to enter the awards.

This year, the awards are offering a range of fantastic prizes for the whole school community and all entries will be judged by a national panel including Mary Magner (INTO President), Colm O’Gorman (Director: Amnesty International Ireland), Damian White (IPPN President), Karla Sánchez (Curator, Art Historian & Educator), Áine Lynch (CEO of National Parents Council Primary), and Richard Carr (Artist & Partnerships Manager for INSPA).

In whatever way you choose to respond to this year's theme, be creative, take lots of photos and most importantly have fun. If you think your school could become one of Ireland’s next Positive Primaries, register as soon as possible at;

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