Light up the darkness

Light up the darkness

To mark Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD) 2021 we asked young people, aged 14-25 to submit a photo related to the theme for HMD 2021: Be the light in the darkness. The best photos will form part of an exclusive online exhibition called Light up the darkness, which will be launched on 27 January 2021.

The Light up the darkness competition has now closed, but you can still join thousands of people across the UK in organising an activity or online event for Holocaust Memorial Day 2021. Find out more here.

The theme for Holocaust Memorial Day 2021 encourages everyone to reflect on the dark depths humanity can sink to, but also the ways individuals and communities resisted that darkness to ‘be the light’ before, during and after genocide. The photographs we received celebrated the people, groups, places and objects which have brought light in times of darkness.

Check back here on 27 January to see the winning photographs in our Light up the darkness exhibition.

For more information email [email protected].

Judging panel

We are delighted to have a fantastic panel of expert judges lined up to select the best images to be featured in the Light up the darkness exhibition.


Maurice Blik is a highly acclaimed sculptor whose work has been widely exhibited around the UK, US and Europe. He is also a survivor of Bergen-Belsen Concentration Camp, an experience which has immensely influenced his art.




Olivia Marks-Woldman OBE has been Chief Executive of Holocaust Memorial Day Trust (HMDT) since 2012. She has overseen the growth of Holocaust Memorial Day around the country, and hugely increased its presence within British society.




Rankin is a British photographer, publisher and film director. With a portfolio ranging from portraiture to documentary, he has shot The Rolling Stones, David Bowie, Kate Moss, Kendall Jenner and The Queen to name only a few.



Tulip Siddiq MP has served as a Labour MP since 2015 and sits on the HMDT board of trustees. In Parliament, she has worked as a Shadow Education Minister and is now a member of the Women and Equalities Select Committee.



In this video Rankin speaks about why young people should take part in the competition and what makes a great photograph.


  • Six winning photos will be chosen to feature in an online exhibition of 30 images, called Light up the darkness, which we will launch for Holocaust Memorial Day on 27th January 2021
  • Winners will receive a copy of Survivors: A portrait of survivors of the Holocaust by Harry Borden
  • Winners will be invited to attend an exclusive event in Spring 2021 where they will have the opportunity to hear the testimony of a genocide survivor
  • The judges will identify two outstanding photographs from the 30 images featured in the exhibition. These two winners will each receive £200 in high street vouchers

For more information email [email protected].