The Challenge

We challenged the UK’s Instagrammers to capture their perfect shot of peace. Check out the 8 incredible winners below, and see the rest of the best in the #lynxpeace gallery.

The Winners

The 8 winning shots as selected by Young Photographer of the Year, Matthew Lloyd – each capturing Peace in a unique way to earn their takers an Apple iPhone. Much deserved we say.


Matthew Lloyd Young Photographer of the Year 2011

We set Matthew Lloyd, the same challenge – to capture ‘Peace’ around the UK. With the help of researcher Laura Dixon, he's taken some incredible images and documented the moving stories behind each one. Scroll through his gallery to take a look.

Jermaine Constantine Williams turned to boxing after a stint in a young offender’s institute, and now mentors at The Boxing Academy in Hackney, East London.

“These kids are predicted to fail – we push them to aim for something. I’ve done what they did. Prison was the turning point in my life. I got into boxing and it rearranged me. It gave me something to do, a positive thing to aim for. It changed my life – and it’ll change theirs.”

Robbie Samuda is “changing his neighbourhood for good” – helping young people on probation and local teens gain horticultural experience at The Broadwater Farm.

The Broadwater Farm Estate has an uneasy notoriety since the riots in 1985, and Robbie is transforming part of it into a garden. “It’s changing the name of Broadwater – and the lives of the people living here”, he says.

Mark Ervine has been painting murals for decades, but now uses it as a way of engaging young people from both the Catholic and Protestant communities.

“Murals give a voice to the voiceless. Currently I have a young guy working with me – it was either go to prison or come to me. Now he has a way to express himself peacefully.”

Sharon Treacy-Dunne founded Ireland’s Cross-Border Orchestra to bring young people from Catholic and Protestant communities together – and travel the world with concerts for peace.

“We commission music associated with Protestant and Catholic traditions, blending them together to create one voice. The children involved end up making life-long friends. We all want peace and a better future for our young people.”

Stacey Burrow is a volunteer at Hat-Trick, a charity that uses football and other sports to engage young people and help them realise their potential.

“Thirteen or fourteen, that’s the age that the girls stop playing sports and start playing out on the streets. In the West End, that’s where they start getting into trouble. We teach them to aim for something they’re positive about and do something they really enjoy.”

Dean Scurry runs independent hip hop label, Workin’ Class Records, from his own studio on an estate in Dublin’s north side – helping young people to discover a creative outlet through music. 

“The reason hip hop connected with me was because I was seeing a lot of the imagery first hand that was being described in the early eighties by crews like The Sugarhill Gang. The essence of hip hop is to be real and represent where you are, and that’s the message I am trying to push out there.”

John Heffernan runs the Tanyard Youth Project, an independent youth project in Wales. The project was set up to tackle anti-social behaviour, under the belief that if young people were given somewhere to go and something to do, they would make better choices.

“If they have a problem, they can come and talk to us. It is about mentoring, listening. Part of it is attention- they just want someone to listen to them.”

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