We all want better lives and for 2018-19 the challenge for 14-18 year olds is to take a photograph to show what this means to them. What brings quality to our lives in this day and age? Is it better education, health and wellbeing, relationships, more money, or a safer, sustainable environment?

Social science research plays a vital role in our society. From big ideas to the most detailed observations, social science affects us all every day - at work, in school or college and within our communities. Social science makes our lives better - it helps society to become enriched, healthier, more resilient and sustainable.

The competition is an ideal opportunity to bring social sciences to the classroom, engaging young people creatively and encouraging them to explore the relevance of social sciences to their lives.

You should encourage your young people to think carefully about the categories they enter, paying particular attention to the title and supporting statement, as this will be considered alongside the photograph. How does the image relate to the brief - have they thought of the social science connection? You may find it useful to look at the ESRC Social Science for Schools resource to help understand the role social science plays in society and how it influences decisions. The inspiration section provides a taste of social science research and how we illustrate our stories.

Prizes will be awarded to the winning photographers and their school or youth group.