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Friday, 02 November 2018

Uplifting Image Photography Competition 2018 - prize winners announced

Uplifting Image Photography Competition 2018 - prize winners announced

On Friday, 2 November, South West London and St George’s Mental Health NHS Trust announced the winners of the #upliftingimage 2018 digital photography competition.

The digital photography competition invited people to submit an image of something that signifies contentment to help challenge the stigma around mental health. The competition, which was open to local schools, staff at the Trust and the public living and working south west London, formed part of the Trust’s annual October mental health month celebrations, which saw more than 40 events, designed to encourage people to talk about mental health, take place. Winners were presented with gift vouchers and a framed copy of their winning image.

The 2018 winners were:

  • Staff Award: Anne Ross
  • Service User Award:  Vanessa Anenden
  • Public Award:  Samuel Pillay
  • Local Schools Category: Joint winners: Penwortham Primary School and Broadwater Primary school

Local MP Justine Greening and SWLSTG Chair Ann Beasley presented the winners with awards at Springfield University Hospital in Tooting.

Opening the event, SWLSTG Chair Ann Beasley said: “The Uplifting Image digital photography competition is an opportunity for people from across Kingston, Richmond, Sutton, Merton and Wandsworth to share the pictures that can inspire and uplift all of our spirits. It’s wonderful to be part of the 4th Annual Uplifting Image Competition and I am delighted that we are, once again, joined by Justine Greening, one of our local MPs, and our CEO, David Bradley.”

David Bradley, SWLSTG CEO said: “I have been very impressed by the quality of the entries this year. They were even better than the previous years so the winning pictures are really exceptional. Of course this isn’t just about the photographic skills but also about showing why the pictures improved the feeling of contentment of the person taking them.”

Presenting the awards, Justine Greening MP said: “It was fantastic to help present the #UpliftingImage Awards today.  It was a great opportunity to celebrate the photos that people from across our community have taken which are so beautiful they give us all a lift.”