Voluntary Service Overseas and Tennis2Be win NCVO’s charity photography competition

The National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) has announced that Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO) and Tennis2Be are the winners of their annual voluntary sector photography competition, sponsored by Pureprint. The winning images were exhibited at NCVO’s Annual Conference on 20 April 2017, where Rob Wilson MP, the Minister for Civil Society, awarded the prizes.

View the winning photos below

The competition, now in its seventh year, aims to celebrate the work of charities across England, and challenged NCVO members to submit entries demonstrating the difference their organisation makes.

Entries were judged in two categories, one for staff, volunteers and service users of charities, and one for professional photographers. Andrew Aitchison won the professional category for VSO, an international development charity, with his image of a paediatrician nurse volunteering with a newborn in Tanzania. Sophie Grant won the open category for Tennis2Be, a London-based tennis charity, with her photograph of young girls from the Bengali community taking part in a tennis programme.

Francis Augusto was runner-up in the professional category with his picture of a gymnastics class in action at one of London Youth’s community centres. Julie Lankshear, from Caring Canines, was runner up in the open category for her portrait of a young boy and a dog at one of the project's dog assisted therapy groups.

Shortlisted and winning images were exhibited at NCVO’s Annual Conference. Prizes awarded include tickets to NCVO’s Annual Conference, Samsung tablets and £500 of credit for the winning charities to have their work professionally printed by Pureprint.

The competition received over 80 entries from organisations large and small, which were shortlisted to 22 by NCVO. The winners were picked by a judging panel comprised of Peter Kellner, chair of NCVO, Giselle Green, media coordinator for Constructive Voices, and Daniel Regan, award winning professional photographer and winner of NCVO’s 2016 photography competition.

Peter Kellner, chair of NCVO, said:

‘NCVO’s photo competition celebrates the charities up and down the UK who work every day on making a difference, and I was delighted to sit on the judging panel. The work of the charity sector is so diverse, and that was reflected in the great range of entries we received from organisations eager to demonstrate the difference their hard work makes in their communities. In newspapers, it is said that a picture is worth a thousand words. The wonderful entries to our competition show that, in our world, each picture represents a thousand inspiring deeds.’

Will Marsh, Client Services Director for Pureprint, said:

‘Pureprint are proud to have been able to support to work of NCVO’s photography competition, to help celebrate the great work of NCVO’s members. Images like these really add colour to the stories charities tell, and help bring to life the difference their work makes.’

Winning photos

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Professional category winner - Making a Difference by Andrew Aitchison for VSO

Professional category winner - Making a Difference by Andrew Aitchison for VSO

VSO volunteer Dr Siobhan Neville, a specialist paediatrician, runs a training session with Tanzanian nurses, Vincent Felix and Christopher Charlie, about newborn assessments in St Walburg’s Hospital, Nyangao. Lindi Region, Tanzania.

Professional category runner up - Supporting young people to go above and beyond by Francis August for London Youth

Professional category runner up - Supporting young people to go above and beyond by Francis August for London Youth

Taken at one of London Youth’s members, Queen’s Crescent Community Centre. It shows how through the teaching and support from a trusted adult, young people can go above and beyond the norm.

Open category winner - Belly up tennis! By Sophie Grant for Tennis2Be

Open category winner Belly up tennis By Sophie Grant for Tennis2Be

This is a picture of work carried out with hard to reach young girls within the Bengali community. Tennis2Be is a UK based tennis and education charity making tennis an inclusive and accessible sport. We’re deeply committed to ensuring tennis is enjoyed by a broad spectrum of participants. Through interaction with local communities, grassroots groups and local partners, we emphasise the positive points of involvement from the perspective of wellbeing and social engagement.

Open category runner-up – It’s hard to say goodbye by Julie Lankshear for Caring Canines

Open category runner up Its hard to say goodbye by Julie Lankshear for Caring Canines

This is Caring Canine Freddie with his student - who was finding it hard to say goodbye after a term of working together. Caring Canines is a dog assisted therapy group whose programme, Be Bookwise, supports children struggling with literacy, lack of confidence and self esteem.

Notes to editors:

  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. Pureprint Group sponsored the prizes and exhibition for the photography competition. Pureprint Group is a dynamic, award winning print and marketing solutions provider with a unique and long-established environmental ethos. Pureprint offers industry leading digital, litho and large format printing facilities together with data management, mailing, fulfilment, creative packaging, point of sale and marketing collateral management services
  3. You can see all shortlisted images in the open category at https://www.flickr.com/gp/ncvophotos/E4N54D and the professional category at https://www.flickr.com/gp/ncvophotos/98TJ3y

High definition versions of the winner and runners-up can be downloaded at https://we.tl/GhpVakecyB

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