Talented photographer Mollie is nominated for international prize

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A young St Helens woman, who spent three months volunteering on an international development project in Tanzania, has been shortlisted in an international photography competition.

Mollie Meredith’s photo was chosen from over 300 entries globally, in a competition to capture the impact and experiences of volunteers around the world on the UK government funded International Citizen Service (ICS) programme.

It depicts two young entrepreneurs that Mollie and her team worked with, high fiving each other after finding out that their business pitch was successful.

Mollie, 23, took the photo whilst volunteering in Tanzania from September to December 2016 with international development organisation Raleigh International.

She worked with young local volunteers on a project supporting entrepreneurs to create and grow enterprises that provide wider economic, environmental and social impact.

Mollie said: “Kelvin and Meshack, the young entrepreneurs in my photo, both wanted to start a male salon and we encouraged them to form a partnership. They did and a year later the business is still up and running.”

The winning photos will be displayed at Pop Brixton, a community business and events space in London, from 20th November until 2nd December. The exhibition is sponsored by Wanderlust magazine and City Academy, and entry is free.

Since 2012, ICS has sent more than 15,000 young people from the UK to volunteer on projects abroad, alongside young volunteers from the country they’re in. Young people don’t need cash or qualifications to take part, just the motivation and commitment to make a difference.

Felicity Morgan, Director of ICS at VSO, said: “These photos invite you into the world of ICS volunteers. Volunteering overseas isn’t just about travelling and experiencing new cultures, it’s about making a real difference to the community you’re in. By working on properly planned, long-term projects and living with local families, our volunteers are able to immerse themselves in a new way of living, as well as making a difference.”

To find out more about ICS or to apply, visit www.volunteerics.org