Best Overall Photo Worldwide: Monika Urbutyte, 17, Lithuania
This year's theme Growing Up in the 21st Century contained the categories 'Because I am a Girl/Because I am a Boy', 'What's holding me back', and 'What could I be?' resulting in a wide variety of submissions reflecting the hopes, dreams and realities for children and young people across the world. The exhibit serves as a stark reminder that even at such a young age there is recognition that material wealth does not guarantee happiness, and that peace and a stable environment are more appropriately positioned on the agendas of the young than of their older generations.
The exhibit is also dotted with occasional drawings from those who do not have a camera or access to processing laboratories making the competition as inclusive as possible; this year entries have been received from 780 participants in 84 countries.
Shoot Nations, gallery@oxo from 23rd to 27th September, free entry. For more information visit the Shoot Nations website.