Photographer sought for project on knife crime prevention and mainstream media

YouthLink Scotland is tendering for a photographer to support a piece of work focused on knife crime prevention and the mainstream media.

The project aims to explore responsible media reporting on knife carrying and crime in Scotland. Images accompanying articles on knife carrying or crime often show large or unusual knives. This can make young people afraid, thereby increase defensive knife carrying and contributing to the idea that knife carrying is the ‘norm’. One of the key pillars of our No Knives, Better Lives (NKBL) programme is based around reassurance and reducing young people’s fears.

This project aims to promote responsible media reporting about knife carrying and crime in order to further support prevention work with young people and wider communities. The project will run from August 2018 to January 2019.

The photographer will take on a key role in this project, supporting the NKBL team to translate young people’s ideas into useable photographs to be used by media outlets (in print and digital). This role will require a basic disclosure check.

An ideal applicant will have:

  • Experience of working collaboratively with young people
  • Interest in youth and social justice
  • Produced photographic work for mainstream media

Applicants will be scored against these criteria, as well as understanding of overall project and NKBL programme, and cost.

Outputs of the project

  • Co-design process with young people
  • 12-15 stock images to be held on open sharing site

Key dates

Deadline for tender applications – 9am Monday 2nd July

Interviews – week beginning 16th July


The contract will be managed by YouthLink Scotland as part of the No Knives, Better Lives programme.


Proposals submitted should fit the requirements of the brief and be costed accordingly up to a maximum of £3,000. Submissions will be assessed on the basis of a range of criteria of which value for money will be one.

Proposals should allow for:

  • Membership of advisory group ( approx. 2 days)
  • Attendance at co-design workshops (approx. 1.5 days total)
  • Photo shoot (2 days)
  • Post-production

Submission of Proposals

Photographers wishing to tender for this work should specify:

  • A CV including examples of your previous work
  • A cover letter detailing why you are interested in this post, the skills and experience you would bring
  • A full breakdown of costs, inclusive of VAT where this applies

Tenders should be returned by 9am Monday 2 July addressed to:

Emily Beever

Senior Development Officer

YouthLink Scotland

Rosebery House

9 Haymarket Terrace


EH12 5EZ

Or via email to

For informal queries, please contact Emily Beever, Senior Development Officer, at or 0131 313 2488.

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