These Candid Photos Offer A Glimpse Of British Millennials Living Their Best Life

A new Fujifilm exhibition celebrates what matters most to millennials … and there’s not an avocado in sight.
"London Pride brings out the best in everyone, it's impossible not to smile."
"London Pride brings out the best in everyone, it's impossible not to smile."

What matters most to millennials in 2019? You might be shocked to find it’s not avocado on toast or sponging off relatives. In fact, British millennials are passionate about protesting issues, protecting the environment, exploring identity, celebrating love, being open and, of course, having fun.

Fujifilm has released its top 28 photos from the UK’s biggest ever crowd-sourced photography exhibition – and they paint a picture of a generation that prides itself on authenticity and standing up for issues close to the heart.

The photography brand asked young people to submit their truths by uploading a photo – taken on any kind of camera, including a smartphone – to create the UK’s largest crowd-sourced gallery.

Some of the best entries so far capture the feelings of a generation at a time of great unrest in the UK, seen in submissions which show Brexit protests and marches against climate change.

But the images are also a cause to celebrate. Many showcase the warmth, support and camaraderie at Pride events across the country, as well as beautiful bonds between millennial parents and their children – and a love of nature.

"Part of my Breastfeeding in Public Project."
"Part of my Breastfeeding in Public Project."

Speaking about the submissions, Fujifilm’s Gloria McCann said: “We were amazed by the sheer volume of images we received that were focused around seeking justice, celebrating life, and spreading happiness.

“We received so many honest stories about personal hardship, and there is a consistent theme of people being unafraid to show vulnerability.”

Here are just some of the powerful submissions they have received so far.

"A pro-Brexit supporter sings outside Parliament."
"A pro-Brexit supporter sings outside Parliament."
"I noticed a bee resting."
"I noticed a bee resting."
"Caught mid-play."
"Caught mid-play."
"International Women's Day, captured in passing on the Millennium bridge."
"International Women's Day, captured in passing on the Millennium bridge."
"Being diabetic has shown me how strong I truly am."
"Being diabetic has shown me how strong I truly am."
"People's Vote protesters getting ready to march."
"People's Vote protesters getting ready to march."
"Night Dancer."
"Night Dancer."
"Friends, throughout my journey with mental health, are always there."
"Friends, throughout my journey with mental health, are always there."
"I love the optimism of Londoners on the beach in the rain."
"I love the optimism of Londoners on the beach in the rain."
"Your whole world in one photo."
"Your whole world in one photo."
"As a wheelchair user, I want to show people who I am and how I see the world."
"As a wheelchair user, I want to show people who I am and how I see the world."
"Funniest joke ever, but nobody can remember it."
"Funniest joke ever, but nobody can remember it."
"I never felt comfortable being myself until I took this photo."
"I never felt comfortable being myself until I took this photo."
"When my anxiety was worst, I took this photo, it was the best way to explain it."
"When my anxiety was worst, I took this photo, it was the best way to explain it."
"A Christian at Bristol Pride, showing support to the LGBTQ+ community."
"A Christian at Bristol Pride, showing support to the LGBTQ+ community."
"Murder or feeding a population."
"Murder or feeding a population."
"The cutest book exchange award goes to this phone box in Colton, Staffordshire."
"The cutest book exchange award goes to this phone box in Colton, Staffordshire."
"A self portrait of me reading a story to my daughter on a summer afternoon."
"A self portrait of me reading a story to my daughter on a summer afternoon."
"Autumnal moonset."
"Autumnal moonset."
"You try juggling four kids, a pram and the food shop."
"You try juggling four kids, a pram and the food shop."
"'Save Guildford Crescent March."
"'Save Guildford Crescent March."
Recycle!
Recycle!
"A self portrait taken to explore growth and intimacy at a time of high anxiety."
"A self portrait taken to explore growth and intimacy at a time of high anxiety."
"Pride."
"Pride."
"A kind barber gives a free haircut to a homeless man outside Victoria station."
"A kind barber gives a free haircut to a homeless man outside Victoria station."
"Children standing together outside parliament on a climate youth strike."
"Children standing together outside parliament on a climate youth strike."

A whopping 10,000 images will be featured in Fujifilm’s MyLife exhibition in London’s Truman Brewery from 24–27 October 2019.

For every image displayed in the gallery, the photography brand will donate £2.50 to youth charity, The Mix, and all entrants will receive a free high quality print and have the chance to win a camera. The exhibition is open for entries until Friday 13 September.