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 Awards are free to enter and open to any group or project based in the UK and Ireland. This year, we looked for groups and projects that showed resilience and imagination during the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic, and carried on being creative. 

Cast your vote in the People's Choice Award

A total of 31 creative groups have been shortlisted for this year's Creative Lives Awards. You can read about them here and vote for your favourite! The People's Choice Award voting is open until 31 January 2022. Vote now.

Winners

Judging panels from each nation will choose a winner for England, Ireland/N.Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Members of the public can also vote for their favourite in the People’s Choice Awards - and the shortlisted groups themselves will vote for each other in the Peer Award For Excellence.

Winners will 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.

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. 

Snappy Valley

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

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