LOVE YOUR BODY COMPETITION
Over the past four years, body image has consistently ranked as the third biggest concern amongst young people aged 15 to 19. The Love Your Body Project aims to raise awareness about the issue of body image and spread a message of body positivity and self-acceptance to young people in the Northern Territory.
Territorians aged 12-25 could submit a short video or a photograph for a chance to win great cash prizes and have their work showcased at a movie night!
The theme of the competition is Love Your Body. You can share your personal journey with body image, portray what it means to ‘love your body’, or explore the issue of body image in relation to body positivity and acceptance.
The entries were judged on the following criteria:
Purpose / Message
Creativity / Originality
Relevant to theme / Communication of theme
Effective use of filmic / photographic techniques
A Movie Night was held on 20 January at Shop 15, Malak Shopping Centre, Malak Place. The winning entries from both categories (video and photograph) were shown before the movie, Lion King (1994).
Donations received from the movie night will be donated to the Butterfly Foundation. The Butterfly Foundation supports Australians struggling with eating disorders and body image issues. Find out more about the Butterfly Foundation here.
Winner of Video Category
Title: You’re Beautiful, Gabriel
By: Nathaniel Kelly
Winner of Photography Category
By: Jasica Jong
“As a child it didn’t take me long to realise that I was underweight. My friends used to measure my skinny wrists with their fingers wrapped around my bones. In my middle school years, I felt trapped in my own skeleton – quite literally. My body became my obsession. I worked out, ate lots of healthy food and drank forbidden quantities of water. And whilst that sounds like the solution to my body image, it was quite the opposite. The new diet consumed every waking thought and worsened my mental state. I still struggle with femininity due to my lack of curves and hesitation to revealing clothing. I avoid wearing low-cut tops because I think people can see the ribs placed on my chest. Loving my body is still an on-going process for me and I think it is why my entry does not have me smiling. The Love Your Body competition has given me a platform to convey two very hard-earned lessons: 1. That it is okay however you look as long you have a little intuition and are happy outside of people’s commentary. And 2. that loving your body is a life-long process and that’s okay.”