Competitions

 
 
 
 

The Henley Youth Festival is a totally individual event and as far as we know there is nothing quite like it anywhere else in the country!

 

It is a means of celebrating the talents and achievements of young people in our area and to give them experiences across a wide range of activities that they may not otherwise encounter. We support and promote the performing and visual arts, have some great team and individual sports events and also nurture other skills through workshops and competitions.

 

The first Henley Youth Festival took place in 1994 and now well over 1,500 young people, ranging from under 5’s to 18 year olds, take part each year in about 35 different events and activities.  The Festival itself takes place over a couple of weeks every March and many participants are busy preparing well in advance!

 

 

 

 

 

Art Competition

Create a piece of art that reflects the 2022 theme: Friendship. Paint, draw, photograph, make a collage, and sculpt in paper, clay, wood or any other medium. Mix your media if you wish. Think big – or small – or somewhere in between, (but ideally no bigger than 1m x 1m). Work on your own, or in a group.

Entries will be judged on imagination, creativity, innovation and interpretation of the theme and will be adjudicated by professional artists. Entries will be displayed at the HYF Art Exhibition at the Thames Room, River & Rowing Museum, Henley, RG9 1BF on 12-13 March. In the event of space restrictions, only selected entries may be displayed.

 

You are eligible to enter if you attend/live in the catchment area for one of the following participating schools: Badgemore, Bishopswood, Gillotts, Kidmore End, Nettlebed, Peppard, Sacred Heart, Shiplake, Sonning Common, Trinity, Valley Road OR if you attend Henley College, Shiplake College, Chiltern Edge, Rupert House or St Mary's. If you have recently moved to a school that is not on the list but have previously taken part in HYF please contact Charlene Brown on 07803 612175.

Age Categories

There are currently 3 categories:

  • Infant (up to age 6 years - art only)

  • Junior (age 7 - 11)

  • Senior (age 12 - 18)

  • plus Collaborative (ie Art clubs and other groups)

Entry form available to download here - closing date for competition entries: Monday 28th February

Prize Giving 

Prizes will be awarded at an “invite only” presentation, Sunday 13 March 2022 from 2.30-3.30pm.

 

Click here or email artcompetitionhyf@gmail.com to contact the event organiser putting Art Competition in the subject line.

 

 

Film Competition

The 2022 Henley Youth Festival Film Competition is now open for entries for all you aspiring filmmakers.  We are inviting you to make a Film or Animation (any length you like up to a max of 3 minutes).  We would encourage you to interpret the HYF theme into your film.  This year’s theme is "Friendship"*

 

*Entries will be judged on imagination, creativity, innovation. We will judge the film on its own merits, the HYF theme is not essential.

Films will be shown at the Art and Film exhibition, Thames Room, River & Rowing Museum, Henley, RG9 1BF on 12-13 March. 

You are eligible to enter if you attend/live in the catchment area for one of the following participating schools: Badgemore, Bishopswood, Gillotts, Kidmore End, Nettlebed, Peppard, Sacred Heart, Shiplake, Sonning Common, Trinity, Valley Road OR if you attend Henley College, Shiplake College, Chiltern Edge, Rupert House or St Mary's. If you have recently moved to a school that is not on the list but have previously taken part in HYF please contact Charlene Brown on 07803 612175.

Age Categories

There are currently 2 categories:

  • Junior (age 7 - 11)

  • Senior (age 12 - 18)

Please download and carefully read the guidelines and rules before submitting the entry form and consent form.  Forms available to download here.

Prize Giving 

Prizes will be awarded at an “invite only” presentation on Sunday 13th March 2022 from 2.30-3.30pm. Closing date for competition entries: Monday 28th February 2022.

 

Click here or email artcompetitionhyf@gmail.com to contact the event organiser putting Film Competition in the subject line.

 

Writing Competition

The HYF Writing Competition is for young people who love words. We'd like you to write about the HYF theme in any style you like: a short story; a poem; a play; a blog; song lyrics; a script or maybe a report.

 

We are celebrating ‘Friendship’ as our theme for 2022.  You can write a thrilling story, a short play, a poem, or a blog! Explore your own or a character’s experience of friendship and what it means to them or you. It is a gift that can be given and taken in many ways, for many reasons, and from the most unexpected people. There is no limit to where your imagination (and friendship) will take you.

You are eligible to enter if you attend/live in the catchment area for one of the following participating schools: Badgemore, Bishopswood, Gillotts, Kidmore End, Nettlebed, Peppard, Sacred Heart, Shiplake, Sonning Common, Trinity, Valley Road OR if you attend Henley College, Shiplake College, Chiltern Edge, Rupert House or St Mary's.

Age Categories

All entries should be a maximum of 500 words except a short story, which can be 750. The competition will be adjudicated in 3 age groups by author Amanda Jennings:

Group 1:  School years 1 – 3   

Group 2:  School years 4 – 5 

Group 3:  School years 6 - 13

Prize Giving

Prizewinners will be invited to attend the Writing Competition Prizegiving on Sunday 13th March in a location to be confirmed. 

Prizes for the Writing Competition are kindly donated by the Bell Street Bookshop

Entry form available to download here.

Closing date for competition entries: Monday 28th February 2022

Click here or email sarah@skiersedge.co.uk to contact the event organiser putting Writing Competition in the subject line.

 

 

Young Reporter Competition

The Henley Standard and Henley Youth Festival have teamed up again to invite all young writers and aspiring journalists who live or go to school in Henley to enter the Young Reporter competition.

Four successful entrants, aged 11-16, will have the opportunity to report on an event at this year's festival in March and then have their article and photographs published in the Henley Standard.  The young reporters will spend a morning in the Henley Standard offices with the editorial team to prepare their article and pictures for publication.

To enter please email 100 - 500 words of your own work (this could be a piece of homework, some creative writing, a book review or a report on an event) to: 

sbradshaw@henleystandard.co.uk and siobhanpratt@yahoo.co.uk by 14th February 2022.

Please supply your name and contact details (and contact details for your parent or guardian), including a telephone number and the name of your school. 

No entry form required.

 

Closing date for submissions is 14th February 2022.