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 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.

The photography competition is open to everyone and is completely free to enter. The competition is split into seven categories and entries can be sent from the 1September 2012. The competition will close at midnight on Friday 30 November 2012 and the winning photos will be framed and displayed in an exhibition at Pallant House Gallery from 28 January - 10 February 2013. Prizes will be awarded at a prize giving ceremony on 31 January at Pallant House Gallery.

For further details or to enter the competition please visit the website.