Young people between the ages of 16-25 have taken part in a photography competition, the aim of the photography competition was to capture lockdown through the eyes of Ceredigion’s young people, as well as to give them the opportunity to take part in a virtual activity and express their own personal experience of lockdown.

Overall, 71 photographs were entered into the competition. The winning photograph was taken by Emily Cameron, along south beach in Aberystwyth on the 13th of June.

Emily is 21 years old and a student at Aberystwyth University. Emily explained how she captured the winning photograph: “It was a really sunny day and everyone was enjoying the sun, whilst still adhering to the government guidelines. I looked across the road and saw the man in the window first and then saw the lady and other man on the pavement. I loved how happy they looked to be enjoying the sun and company even though we are in weird times at the moment, we can’t be less than 2 metres apart.”

Emily also commented on her personal experience of lockdown in Ceredigion. “I have found lockdown in Aberystwyth extremely bizarre and the town feeling so eerie. Although lockdown has been quite scary and uneasy, it was amazing to see the whole county work together with social distancing, following lockdown rules etc to prevent the spread of Covid-19 and it paid off incredibly with some of the lowest amount of cases in the UK. I felt safe in Aberystwyth with how well everyone was sticking to the guidelines and I’m excited for the day where everything will be back to normal and Aberystwyth will be back to its old self.”