BASC Young Shots
Journalists 2021

Join us for an unforgettable experience and become a BASC journalist for a year!

Join us for an exciting experience and become a BASC journalist 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. You are best placed to talk to people your age and we know it.

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. We will offer you free entry to Young Shots events in 2021 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 badge and all the support from BASC teams you might need. We can even arrange a visit to BASC head office for a first-hand insight into how a busy communications department works.

The competition is 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!

This year, we are looking for five 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 throughout the year, please apply.

This year’s submission theme is Year of the Gamekeeper.

You can either record a short video – you might, for example, interview a gamekeeper – write an article on the subject or take ten to 15 photographs.

And there is more!

What’s even more exciting is that each Young Shots Journalist will be assigned to one of our official sponsors: Eley, Holland & Holland, BSA, Reaseheath/Newton Rigg College and Browning.

There will be an opportunity for a day’s experience, where you can take photos, conduct interviews and ask questions.

New in 2021!

We are delighted to announce a very special addition to our Young Shots Journalist experience.

We have teamed up with Shooting Times magazine to offer the five lucky winners an experience like no other.

Together, we will run a ‘Shooting Times’ journalism and writing workshop where you will learn all about journalism, the skills needed to be successful, how to write engaging copy and do your research. All this will not only help you prepare better monthly submission for Young Shots Journalists, but also give you skills you can use at school and something to support your college or university application.

Additionally, each of you will have a chance to write an article for Shooting Times with the best one getting published in the magazine. You will receive support from both BASC publications team and Shooting Times to come up with an interesting topic and make it ‘print ready’.

Everyone will receive a certificate of attendance at the end of the workshop, too!

We will be able to cover accommodation cost for those commuting from far away from the BASC head office at Marford Mill, where the workshop will be held.

More details to come in early 2021.

Things to remember:

When taking pictures or videos, please ensure you have the written consent of the person you’re interviewing/taking photographs of. If other people are visible, make sure   you have theirs as well.

  • If you decide to submit a video, please make sure it is of high quality and between one and two minutes long. Film in landscape and, if doing an interview, use a microphone (you can use your headphone’s microphone).
  • Take at least ten high-quality photographs if that’s the entry submission of your choice.
  • If you decide to write an article, please ensure it is no shorter than 300 words.
  • If you’re under 18, we will need your parents’ written consent allowing you to participate – you can download the relevant form here.

We will ask you to provide written consents with your video and photograph submissions. You can download a proforma here.

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

Winners will receive:

  • A welcome pack including BASC notebook and pen, BASC cap, About BASC booklet, Journalist Top Tip Card and Write Right booklet – to help you with your writing
  • A BASC Young Shots Journalist badge and certificate, giving you free entry to BASC Young Shots events in 2020
  • Discounts for some BASC courses
  • Coverage of reasonable expenses incurred while working as a Young Shots Journalist.

The deadline for the 2021 competition is Monday 7 September, so you have plenty of time over the summer holidays to work on your submission. Winners will be announced in the November issue of Shooting and Conservation.

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 (100 words) 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 and phone number) too.

All the entries, subject to editorial decision, will be used on the website. Some of your entries might also be used in 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.

Please make sure you read the Terms and Conditions before entering.

  1. The competition (the “Competition”) is open to people of any age.
  2. Employees or agencies of the British Association for Shooting and Conservation (“BASC”, “We”) or their family members, or anyone else connected with the Competition may not enter the Competition.
  3. Entrants into the Competition shall be deemed to have accepted these Terms and Conditions.To enter the Competition you must produce an essay/article or interview with quality images or a vlog, based on the theme of ‘The Year of the Gamekeeper’.
  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 starts at 00am on Monday 4 May 2020 and closes at 5.00pm on Monday 7 September 2020. 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 department based on the quality of the subject matter, presentation and use of grammar and style of language.
  5. The winners will be notified by email or telephone before Monday 5 October whereby arrangements will be made for the delivery & / or collection of their journalist packs and 2020 BASC Young Shot Journalist badges. If a winner does not respond to BASC within 15 days of being notified, then the winner’s prize will be forfeited and BASC shall be entitled to select another winner in accordance with the process described above. 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.
  6. 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. Consent will be for BASC to use after the closing date of the Competition until the 31 December 2021 the winner’s voice, image, photograph 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.
  7. BASC shall use and take care of any personal information you supply to it 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.
  8. Any content submitted to BASC becomes the property of the BASC.
  9. BASC agrees to reimburse the reasonable cost of any travel expenses incurred as a result of Young Shot Journalist work for BASC, subject to approval by BASC Management.
  10. Promoter: The British Association for Shooting & Conservation, Marford Mill, Rossett, Wrexham, LL12 0HL.