Alopecia UK and Light Inc. win charity sector photography prizes

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The National Council for Voluntary Organisations and PhotoVoice have announced the winners of their photography competition, with Alopecia UK and Light Inc. scooping the top prizes. The prizes were awarded at NCVO’s Annual Conference on 18 April, and were presented by the Minister for Civil Society, Rob Wilson MP.

The national competition challenged NCVO member organisations to submit images that captured the connections that charities create every day; whether that is a connection between people, a connection to a cause or connection through action. The competition received over 80 entries capturing these connections across a wide range of subjects and organisations.

The images were judged in two categories. The volunteer and staff member category was won by William Barylo of Light Inc. for his image of three women attending a project for survivors of acid-attacks in India. The professional photographer category was won by Daniel Regan for Alopecia UK with a striking portrait, Jen, of a woman affected by Alopecia. The runners-up were Andrew Aitchison for Prison Advice and Care Trust, with his image of the moment a father is reunited with his son after release from prison, and Lewis Rose for Murray Hall Trust, with his self-portrait Connection through sharing of ideas.

The annual competition is now in its sixth year and is run by NCVO in partnership with PhotoVoice, an award winning organisation who promote the ethical use of photography to create positive change. 18 images were shortlisted by NCVO and PhotoVoice, and the winners were decided by a panel of judges including Sir Martyn Lewis, NCVO chair, Tom Elkins, CEO of PhotoVoice, Derek Momodu, Associate Picture Editor at the Daily Mirror, and Laura Pannack, an award winning photographer.

The shortlisted and winning images were exhibited at NCVO’s Annual Conference and will be displayed in the entrance to NCVO’s building. Prizes awarded include a year’s membership of PhotoVoice, tickets to NCVO’s Annual Conference and print credit for the winning charities to have their work professionally produced. The exhibition and prizes are sponsored by theprintspace, the UK’s leading professional photo and fine art printers.

Sir Martyn Lewis, chair of NCVO, said:

There is great diversity in the charity sector, and this was reflected in the entries in this year’s competition. It is wonderful to see the connections that NCVO members make every day across the country, which came across so well in the photographs. This competition has been a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the work of these organisations, and of the whole charitable sector.'

Tom Elkins, CEO of PhotoVoice, said:

It’s a pleasure to be partner again with this year’s NCVO Members’ photography awards. The entries to this year’s competition were of a particularly high standard, and showcase the impact that good photography can have in promoting the important work that charities do.

William Barylo, founder of Light Inc., said:

I believe that images are one of the most powerful tools for education, awareness, reflexion and developing wordless connections between people. This is why images play an important role in Light Inc.’s work. Adversity should never decide of people’s fate, and this is the message I wanted to share with this picture, showing three independent and happy young women. Acid attacks happen worldwide and are caused by the distorted social perception of women in many societies, which needs to be addressed.

Daniel Regan from Alopecia UK, said:

My long-term project on Alopecia has been a large project both personally and for the charity Alopecia UK, and one that I’m thrilled to have had the opportunity to work on and win this prize for. Over 40 portraits were taken across the UK, bringing together a community of those affected by the condition and giving participants the opportunity to share their stories and bond with others.

Winning photos

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Professional category winner: Jen by Daniel Regan for Alopecia UK

My powerful portraits of those affected by alopecia highlight the traumatic nature of the condition. These images had a huge impact on the public landscape of the condition, connecting thousands of people hidden in shame and bringing together a community through shared experiences and the empowerment of individuals.

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Staff and volunteer category winner: Rupa, Neetu and Ritu by William Barylo for Light Inc.

Aiming at raising awareness about violence against women in Britain, Light Inc. has been researching and providing support to initiatives like Sheroes Hangout, the first Café entirely managed by acid attacks survivors, in Agra. Sheroes Hangout allows acid attacks survivors to meet other women who have been attacked so they can support each other and become independent.

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Professional category runner up: Release, Reunification, Relief by Andrew Aitchison for the Prison Advice and Care Trust

The moment a father is reunited with his 14 year old son after two and a half years inside prison. HMP/YOI Portland, Dorset

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Staff and volunteer category runner-up: Connection through sharing of ideas by Lewis Rose for the Murray Hall Trust

This image captures a connection through young people sharing ideas. Inspire to independence is a group of young people supporting peers with life limiting conditions to find help, relaxation, therapies, training and social opportunities. The image will hopefully encourage others to join them expressing their voice through their creativity.

Notes

  1. For enquiries about the competition, or for higher resolution versions of any of the shortlisted images, please contact Woody Faulkner, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / 020 7520 2473.
  2. PhotoVoice is a charity which promotes the ethical use of photography for positive change. For more information, visit www.photovoice.org or contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  3. theprintspace was launched in 2007 and has quickly grown to become the UK’s leading professional photo and fine art printing service. They offer printing, mounting and framing, both online and in-house in Shoreditch, London. A firm favourite with creative artists and photographers, theprintspace’s award-winning service offers gallery-standard quality which is consistently chosen by Turner Prize-winning artists and National Portrait Gallery award-winners. For more information, visit https://www.theprintspace.co.uk/ or contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  4. All entries to the competition are available to view on Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/gp/ncvophotos/TgfR24
  5. The shortlisted images can be seen at: https://flic.kr/s/aHsky8D9vG
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