Are you passionate about shooting? Join us for a year!

We are once again looking for Young Shots who are passionate about shooting and conservation and would like to write, make videos and take photos to help us promote shooting to future generations. You are best placed to talk to people your age.

If you’re thinking about a career in journalism or a similar field, Young Shots Journalists will be a great way of improving your skills and gaining essential knowledge about writing and taking photographs and video. So, get involved and share your experiences with other Young Shots. We will offer you free entry to Young Shots events in 2020 and all you need to do in return is write about how much fun you had.

Each winner will receive a handy Young Shots Journalist pack, a Young Shots Journalist badge and all the support from BASC teams you might need. We can even arrange a visit to BASC head office.

The competition will be re-run every year, so we can encourage more youngsters to participate and keep the ideas fresh – last year’s winners are more than welcome to reapply!

For 2020, we are looking for four enthusiastic individuals to take this challenge on. We want them to provide diverse content for the Young Shots website (a good mix of photos, text and videos is essential).

For a whole year, you will become a reporter, finding and researching interesting subjects, writing about them, taking photographs and recording videos. If you really want to do it, and think you will be able to prepare one of the above every month, please apply.

New for 2020 Young Shots Journalists!

We have secured some amazing opportunities for our new journalists for 2020. The below companies will take each young journalist for an experience day. Those will wary from a day at a show or a tour around the premises to product reviews or similar.

  • Newton Rigg College
  • Eley
  • The Game Fair
  • Taste of Game
  • BSA

This will be a great opportunity for all young journalists to see what being a journalist looks like. You will be asked to write about your experience, take photos and short videos where applicable. We can promise you that you will have a great time.

What you need to do?

You have a number of options:

  • Record a ‘how to’ video. It could be anything, from how to shoot clays, dig ponds or make beetle banks. Make sure the video is of high quality. It can be short or long, we leave it up to you to decide. If other people are seen in the video, please ensure you have their written consent.*
  • Write a 300-350 word article about a shooting or conservation subject. Try to focus on something you’re really passionate about.
  • Provide 15 photographs covering shooting and/or conservation, with captions. Pick the best ones you have and make sure each is at least 1MB in size as we might want to use them in BASC publications. If you take photographs of people, please ensure you have their written consent.*

Deadline for the 2020 competition is Monday 9 September, so you have plenty of time over the summer holidays to work on your submission.

If you provide more than one of the above, even better! This will show us that you are comfortable with submitting varied content.

Once you’re ready, send your work to youngshots@basc.org.uk with the subject line ‘BASC Young Shots Journalists’. Please include a photo of yourself and a short biography with your entry, outlining why you want to become a Young Shots Journalist, your hobbies and what you hope to gain from taking part in the project. Remember to provide all your details (full name, age, address, phone number).

Winners’ biographies will go into the November/December issue of the magazine. All your entries, subject to editorial decision, will be used on the website. Some of your entries might also be used for S&C, BASC Films or social media.

Good luck everyone; we hope to see many amazing entries again this year.

In the meantime, if you need any help or advice from us, contact Marta Jacyna (marta.jacyna@basc.org.uk) or Hannah Davies (hannah.davies@basc.org.uk).

We will be more than happy to give you some tips.

*We will ask you to provide written consents with your submission. If you’re not sure what such a form should look like, please get in touch in advance and we will provide it.

Winners will recieve:

  • BASC notebook and pen
  • BASC cap
  • About BASC booklet
  • Journalist Top Tip Card
  • Write Right booklet – to help you with your writing
  • BASC Young Shots Journalist badge and certificate, giving you free entry to BASC Young Shots events in 2020
  • Discounts for some BASC courses.

  1. The competition is open to Young Shots up to 21 years of age.
  2. Entrants into the Competition shall be deemed to have accepted these Terms and Conditions.

To enter the Competition you have 3 options:

  • Record a ‘how to’ video. It could be anything, from how to shoot clays, dig ponds or make beetle banks. Make sure the video is of high quality. It can be short or long, we leave it up to you to decide. If other people are seen in the video, please ensure you have their written consent.
  • Write a 300-350 word article about a shooting or conservation subject. Try to focus on something you’re really passionate about.
  • Provide 15 photographs covering shooting and/or conservation, with captions. Pick the best ones you have and make sure each is at least 1MB in size as we might want to use them in BASC publications. If you take photographs of people, please ensure you have their written consent.
  1. Only one entry per person. Entries on behalf of another person will not be accepted and joint submissions are not allowed.
  2. BASC accepts no responsibility for entries that are lost, delayed, misdirected or incomplete or cannot be delivered or entered for any technical or other reason.
  3. The Competition closes on Monday 9 September. Entries received outside this time period will not be considered.
  4. The winners will be selected by a panel of judges from our marketing and publications departments, based on the quality of the subject matter and presentation, use and style of language.
  5. The winners will be notified by email or telephone by Tuesday 1 October, whereby arrangements will be made for the delivery and/or collection of their journalist packs and 2020 BASC Young Shot Journalist badges. The winner will be required to respond to the email. If a winner does not respond to BASC within 15 days of being notified, then the prize will be forfeited and BASC shall be entitled to select another winner in accordance with the process described above.
  6. If a winner rejects their prize or the entry is invalid or in breach of these Terms and Conditions, the winner’s prize will be forfeited and BASC shall be entitled to select another winner.
  7. The winners will be asked for consent to take part in promotional activity related to the Competition and the winners will be asked to participate in such activity on BASC’s reasonable request.
  8. Consent will be required for BASC to use, after the closing date of the Competition until 31 December 2020, the winner’s voice, images, photographs and name for publicity purposes (in any medium, including still photographs and films, and on the internet, including any websites hosted by BASC) and in advertising, marketing or promotional material without additional compensation or prior notice.
  9. BASC shall use and take care of any personal information supplied as described in its privacy policy, a copy of which can be seen here: https://basc.org.uk/basc-privacy-policy/ and in accordance with data protection legislation. By entering the Competition, you agree to the collection, retention, usage and distribution of your personal information if you are a winner in order to process and contact you about your Competition entry and the future use of your publications.
  10. Any content submitted to BASC as part of the Young Shots Journalists Project becomes the property of the Company and can be used in any way the Company sees fit.
  11. Promoter: The British Association for Shooting & Conservation, Marford Mill, Rossett, Wrexham LL12 0HL.

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