The competition, which is open to everyone and is completely free to enter, will culminate in a display of selected works at Pallant House Gallery from 28 January - 10 February 2013. From these, one winner will be chosen to receive a prize of £150 and a canvas print of their choice courtesy of Whitby’s. In addition seven runners up will be selected to win £50.

Pallant House Gallery alone has over 300 volunteers who engage in a variety of crucial roles and activities, from room stewarding to providing long-term assistance to individuals with support needs through the exemplary Partners in Art programme.

Chris Broggi, Chichester Volunteer Centre Co-ordinator says: “We will be looking for photographs that inspire and celebrate local volunteering, volunteers and the organisations that involve them. Volunteers make such a huge difference to voluntary and community organisations in the Chichester District and this competition will recognise the hard work and the time that they give so generously. There really is a volunteer role to suit everyone, and we hope that the competition will capture the variety of different volunteering experiences in the district and encourage more people to try volunteering”.

Marc Steene, Deputy Director and Head of Learning and Community at Pallant House Gallery says: ‘We are delighted to be involved with this project and helping to profile the important role that volunteers play in our community. Volunteers are a crucial part of the Gallery’s activity and without them we would not be able to open the doors or offer the skilled support needed for participants in our Community Programme.

For further details or to enter the competition please visit www.vaac.org.uk or e-mail cvc.admin@vaac.org.uk.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer within the Chichester District please contact Chris Broggi, Volunteer Centre Co-ordinator at Chichester Volunteer Centre (01243) 864220, e-mail cvc.admin@vaac.org.uk or visit the drop in sessions on Tuesdays (9.30-12.30) at New Park Community Centre or Thursdays (9.30-12.30) at Chichester District Council Offices.