Awards

The Creative Lives Awards - formerly the Epic Awards - are an annual celebration of the achievements of voluntary and community-led creativity.

Run by Creative Lives, the Creative Lives Awards are open to any amateur group or project based in the UK and Ireland. They recognise the skill, innovation and hard work of the people involved and the benefits they bring to local communities.

Read all about our 2021 winners here.

Watch our short video to find out more about the Creative Lives Awards:






Judging

Each year our judging panels pick a winning group from England, Ireland/N.Ireland, Scotland and Wales, plus a Celebrating Diversity Award and a Local Hero Award. We open up voting to the public to choose the winner of the People's Choice Award - and all the shortlisted groups vote for each other in the Peer Award for Excellence.

Prizes

Winners receive an award, framed certificate, cash prize and free access to all of Creative Lives’ future ‘Creative Learning’ online training sessions. Previous applicants have also found that being shortlisted for, or winning, a Creative Lives Awards has benefitted them on funding applications and raised their profile considerably.

Here’s what one previous winner had to say: 

It was wonderful to feel that recognition and it really did spread the word about us, almost overnight. It really gave us an incredible confidence boost. 

The Awards have been running since 2010 - meet our previous winners here.

Nominations for the next Creative Lives Awards will open in spring 2022.

Snappy Valley

2021 Creative Lives Award Shortlist

With its name playfully referencing ‘Happy Valley’, the TV show shot in the nearby area, Todmorden-based photography collective Snappy Valley used to meet monthly to explore different topics and set assignments for each other.

During lockdown, the collective moved online initially to provide support for each other. But as the months passed, they began to document their personal lockdown experiences through photography. Regional, national and international photographers were invited to the online sessions to share their skills and set mini-projects for the group, including fine art photography, documentary, photojournalism and fashion.

"Online meetings offered some sense of normality for participants during a time of disorientating collective uncertainty. As a result, the group has created strong and considered images that reflected their own individuality, but also represented Todmorden and its residents." Lasma Poisa, Snappy Valley

Learn more about Snappy Valley

The small group meet at The Golden Lion a pub and community hub in Todmorden at varying times.