Calm Photography Movement show seeks to open debate about masculinity and mental health

Submissions sought for a Getty Gallery exhibition, backed by Lynx, to “spark conversation about masculinity, mental health and self-expression through photography”

Suicide is the single biggest killer of men under the age of 45 in the UK. Charity the Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) was set up to address some of the underlying causes behind this shocking statistic, particularly the fact that men are far less likely to seek help with depression than women.

In order to prompt discussion around masculinity and mental health, as well as raise awareness and funds for CALM, Scott Shillum and Steve Wallington, both of whom have lost family and friends to suicide, have founded the Calm Photography Movement.

Amateur and professional photographers are invited to submit images which shine a light on the limitations of traditional masculinity for a chance to be featured in the Calm Photography Movement exhibition at the Getty Images Gallery in central London, to coincide with Mental Health Awareness Week in May. The submissions will be judged by a professional panel. Selected photographs will feature in the show (which runs from May 10 to 19), be used in print and social campaigns as well as being curated into a catalogue available for purchase in support of CALM.

The project is being backed by Lynx and supported by Getty Images, Topman, VisMedia and Fuse.

Photographers wishing to submit images have until Monday, April 17. Full details at the Calm Photography Movement website

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