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Twenty photographers reveal the beauty in their community

Dazed x Huawei unveil the shortlist for their 'Reveal the Real You' project

Photography has the power to create real change. With Dazed x Huawei’s latest initiative, ‘Reveal the Real You’, we challenged photographers to capture the people and things they care about the most for the chance to gift a contribution of £10,000 to a community project. The results have been stunning.

After reviewing hundreds of images, we whittled submissions down to just 20 young photographers who have captured real Britain without expensive kit, training or support – true ambassadors for their causes who are ready to tell their visual story with the Huawei P10, a phone camera co-engineered with Leica which puts the power of photography into your back pocket.

The themes of their projects range from voguing to invisible illnesses and small-town football culture in Wales. Our young photographers have been taking photos all over the country, from Huddersfield and Manchester to Belfast – and beyond. Their work ties into Huawei's wider Project Possible: a series of initiatives designed to excite and inspire young creatives to use tech throughout Europe.

Here is a selection (in no particular order) of some of the shortlisted photographers:

A visual and performance artist, specialising in breakdancing, Anthony Amao took photos of the team behind Break Mission, a breakdancing community enterprise which consists of DJs, street dancers, MCs and graffiti artists. “The vision of Break Mission is to ‘give back’ to the hip-hop community by working with charities in order to help homeless people in the UK and around the world, and to support the local community through holding events by collecting food and recycled clothes,” says Anthony. It was founded by two of his close friends, Justin Lie and David Russell. His images, expertly captured on the reactive lense of the P10, show the dancers suspended in midair or caught in extreme poses.

Duane Nasis is also a dancer, specialising in a particular style known as 'Old Way' voguing. He approaches the subject through the lens of 'ballroom' culture. A part of the House of Comme des Garçons, a ballroom house known for its outreach and engagement with the wider LGBTQ+ community, he says: “I had been thinking of documenting my peers in an honest and truthful way that speaks to our lived experiences and references our history as a continuous, counter-patriarchal culture.” Ballroom 'Houses' have historically operated as surrogate families and with this in mind he wants to support Stonewall Housing if he is selected as a winner.

Artist Heather Glazzard’s photo portrait series shot on the P10 is concerned with the portrayal of the female artist community in Manchester. Having felt marginalised and a long time, Heather says she “curated a platform for queer female artists to discuss, display and explore their work in a safe, non-judgmental space”. Her charity is The Islington Mill, a creative space which operates as a safe haven for young people to express themselves – also where her collective meets.

Sahvannah Amaka’s series of ten portrait photos celebrate London’s modern Jazz legacy. They capture some of her brightest peers with their instruments, which they view as extensions of themselves and a way to continue the work done by the likes of Ronnie Scott and Humphrey Lyttelton. “My grandparents moved from Nigeria to London in the 60s. At this point ‘modern jazz’ arrived, a genre highly influenced by American bebop,” she says. “They loved it, and passed that love onto me.” Her charity is the Camberwell After School Project, a childcare charity that provides a space for young people to safely learn, grow, and develop their future passions.

Sophie Mayanne’s striking portraits aim to give women and men with scarring and or disfigurement a voice to educate and encourage other people to think more positively about their own skin. “I have a chicken pox scar in the middle of my forehead, and a myriad of stretch marks that I was once extremely self-conscious of,” she says, explaining that her charity is Changing Faces, who support and represent children, young people and adults who have disfigurements. “I love my skin now, but I remember as a teenager I would go to painstaking efforts to hide myself and cover up with makeup.”

Now that the shortlist is in, submissions will be looked over by a respected Leica judge and a panel of experts. The three best visual stories submitted from the shortlist will be gifted a contribution of £10,000 – with the cash going directly to a registered charity related to their community.

To complete the ‘Reveal the Real You’ cycle, one finalist will be awarded an outdoor living gallery. Just as Campbell Addy was able to bring his photos home to Peckham, this photographer will be able to display their images in their local area or community in an accessible way.

Finalists will be announced in January