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Wednesday, 02 November 2016

#UpliftingImage photography competition prize winners announced

#UpliftingImage photography competition prize winners announced

On Friday 21 October South West London and St George’s Mental Health NHS Trust announced the winners of the #upliftingimage 2016 digital photography competition.

Local MP Stephen Hammond, Secretary of State Justine Greening and SWLSTG Chairman Peter Molyneux presented the winners with awards at Springfield University Hospital.

Our digital photography competition invited people to submit an image of something that makes them happy to help challenge the stigma around mental health. The competition coincided with Mental Health Month and supports the national Time to Change campaign. The competition was open to local primary schools, staff at the Trust and the public living and working south west London.

Winners were presented with gift vouchers and a framed copy of their winning image. Winners included:

  • Local Schools Category: Sacred Heart Primary School
  • Public Award:  Nicole Harvey
  • Public Award Special Commendation:  Mohsin Malik
  • Staff Award: Pat Cann

Students from Sacred Heart Primary School spoke at the ceremony about how their class took a workshop as part of World Mental Health Day about the power of words.

Kester said:  “We learned that we should talk to people nicely. That we should be careful what we say because our words hurt. We should use our words to encourage people and make them feel good.”

Gabriella said: “After the workshop our class delivered an assembly to the rest of the school encouraging other children to talk about anything they are worried about. We have play buddies at school we can talk to.”

SWLSTG Chairman Peter Molyneux said: “Mental illness is far more common than many people think, yet it is still often met with ignorance and discrimination. Imagery is a great way of stimulating discussion, promoting understanding and changing attitudes.

“We had many submissions from the southwest London community and what is clear is that everyone has something – a place, a person, or memory that represents happiness to them and the stories and messages that accompanied the image were remarkable.

“We want to thank everyone who took the time to enter our competition and the judging panel who made the difficult decisions of selecting the winning images.

“The competition photographs will be used to promote a better understanding of mental health and highlight that through support and positive messages, we can help people and challenge stigma.”

Local MP Stephen Hammond said: “It was a pleasure to attend the Uplifting Image awards to support World Mental Health Day. I want to congratulate the winners, and everybody who took part. It is so important that we remove the stigma around mental illness and increase awareness so that those suffering feel confident enough to speak to someone about it.”

Submissions were evaluated on: 

  • their relevance to mental health
  • how the image meets the theme
  • the personal statement on what the image means to them and creativity.

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