Celebrities Rankin and Daisy Lowe judge mental health exhibition

Teenagers’ lockdown fears, sorrows and anxieties are captured in haunting images for youth photography contest judged by stars including Daisy Lowe and Rankin

  • Show and Tell exhibition asked 10-18 year olds ‘how are you feeling?’ in lockdown
  • More than 20,000 entrants picked an emotion and brought it to life with a photo
  • Celebrity judges including Rankin and Anna Richardson picked their favourites 
  • The final 100 entries will be showcased on an online exhibition from February 15

Since the country came to a halt during the pandemic, many people have been battling with isolation and their mental health as Britons are urged to ‘stay at home’.

From feeling overwhelmed, bored, fearful and unemployable, the nation’s 10-18-year olds have revealed the harsh affects lockdown has had on their mental health through photography.

The Show and Tell exhibition saw more than 20,000 entries from young people answering the important question ‘how are you feeling?’ by picking one word and bringing it to life with an image.

The project opened for entries in December and continued until mid-January, with the final 100 being chosen for an online exhibition, while the judges’ top picks were also picked for a nationwide billboard campaign.

Celebrity judges, including photographer Rankin, model Daisy Lowe, presenter Anna Richardson and BBC Radio 5 Live’s Nihal Arthanayake, were each asked to pick their favourite entry to appear on billboards for one week.

British fashion photographer Rankin said: ‘I am thrilled to be a part of this fantastic project. I have always believed in the power of young voices and Show and Tell asks the right question at the right time to the right people. 

‘I can’t wait to see the final selection of images and hear the voices of UK youth for this very special exhibition.’

Here, FEMAIL shares the judges’ top 15 images, which will be showcased on nationwide billboards as well on the Show and Tell online exhibition from February 15.

 Suffering: Liana, age 16, from Nottinghamshire. Chosen by Lee Martin. Liana said: ‘The UK wasn’t doing good in 2020 and the start of 2021. As teenagers missed out on faceto- face education, our minds became a black hole. ‘I found that my mind became a mess. While the pandemic was going on, mental health in teenagers became worse; a loss of self confidence and an increase of worry and panic. ‘Some worry for the future, some don’t even see themselves in the future, some just don’t care. We’re all suffering one way or another. ‘It’s just what it has come to, and we can’t do anything about it.’

Trapped: Ava, age 17, from Derbyshire. Chosen by Trevor Robinson OBE

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