Some of you may choose to say it with words, art, photography, song, dance, whatever you like – The Jack Brealey Redheads Prize in association with Kidscape and Redhead Day UK is all about showing the world ‘why you love your natural red hair’. It’s all about celebrating the arts and how creative you can be with showing the world your ginger pride.

Natural redheads past and present may enter, with two categories open: one for under 18s and one for 18+, with a £250 top prize for each category! There will also be runners up prizes in each category.

Some examples of types of entries include:

  • Art
  • Photography
  • Poetry
  • Song
  • Dance
  • Literature
  • Anything you like!

Entries will be judged by our panel of ginger enthusiasts, which includes Eastenders actor Jake Wood, RED HOT photographer Thomas Knights, author Jacky Colliss Harvey, and Kidscape’s CEO Lauren Seager-Smith, with the winners announced at Redhead Day UK on Saturday 16 May 2020.

What is The Jack Brealey Redheads Prize?

The Jack Brealey Prize is named after the father of Dr Marc Brealey, who wanted to set up an arts competition in his father’s name.

Marc said of his father: “Jack was a professional artist, an art lecturer and keen motorcyclist. He often alluded to the fact that he felt self-conscious about having bright red hair – almost as if it were a bane. It saddened me somewhat to hear such a lovely man recall these experiences as if he were somehow outlandish – simply for having red hair.

“Thus, my ambition is that for those of you who had red hair given to you by nature should be rewarded and not punished – rewarded for having such a splendid manifestation bestowed upon you. As redheads you need to celebrate the fact that you are wonderful works of nature, something special, and in every case aesthetically pleasing. As redheads you are rare specimens, therefore you should regard yourselves as something exquisitely remarkable and beautiful – a unique gift bestowed upon the world by mother nature.”

How to enter

To enter, please send the following information by email to…

  • Full name
  • Age (if you are under 18 please seek permission from your parent/guardian to enter)
  • Location
  • Are you a natural redhead? (Past or present is accepted!)
  • Will you be attending Redhead Day UK on Saturday 16 May 2020?
  • Include your entry as an email attachment (please keep any video footage to a maximum of 3 minutes)

Submissions will close on 1 February 2020. Judging will take place shortly after by our panel, with winners announced at Redhead Day UK on Saturday 16 May at Cecil Sharp House, London. Please note that we may also display a selection of entries at the event.

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