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Award-winning photographer to judge charity pictures

NCVO and PhotoVoice have announced the launch of the NCVO Members’ Photography Competition 2015. The competition is open to service users, staff and volunteers at organisations which are NCVO members, and looks for photographs which communicate the difference that members are making to their communities.

The panel of judges includes Martyn Lewis, former BBC newsreader and chair of NCVO, and award-winning photographer and Magnum member Ian Berry. Ian began his career in South Africa where he was the only photographer to document the 1960 Sharpeville massacre; the photographs were later used in the trial to prove the victims’ innocence. Since then Ian has worked all over the world and photographed topics such as conflict in Israel, famine in Ethiopia and child slavery in Ghana.

The competition is run in partnership with PhotoVoice, an award-winning international charity which specialises in enabling marginalised and vulnerable communities to participate in photography projects and gain confidence to speak out. The exhibition is sponsored by Metro Imaging.

PhotoVoice have developed a new resource to support the competition, ‘The Four F’s – Four Steps to Better Photography’, which provides basic skills and ethical considerations for charities wishing to use photography in their work. It is available for download from PhotoVoice’s website.

Martyn Lewis said:

‘It is my pleasure to be a judge for the NCVO and PhotoVoice photography competition once again. Photographs are an excellent way for charities and service users to tell their stories and showcase the difference they make to society, and this competition will raise awareness of what charities around the country are involved in. We had a very high calibre of submissions last year and I’m looking forward to seeing even more entries this year.’

Tom Elkins, CEO of PhotoVoice said:

‘Photographs can be a powerful way to tell a story or share information, and we know that they can bring about positive social change. Many charities have used photography to help communicate their work, promote their campaigns, or raise funds, and we’re delighted to be working in partnership with NCVO to celebrate the impact that such photographs can have.’

Last year’s winner in the Staff category was Contact the Elderly, a charity which organises social activities and tea parties for people aged 75 and over, for their entry ‘Bringing back the twinkle in her eye’. Walsall Street Teams won the Service Users category with a photograph titled: ‘Split Personality: Things started to go bad when she hit me.’

The theme of this year’s competition is ‘A Thousand Words’. There are two categories, one for entries taken by staff, trustees and volunteers, and another for photographs taken by service users or participants. The judges will select a shortlist and members of the public will be asked to vote for their favourite. The competition will run until 16 March and the prizes include digital cameras, a PhotoVoice workshop, a place at NCVO’s annual conference, and a year’s membership of PhotoVoice. The winners and runners up will be announced at NCVO’s Evolve conference in June 2015, followed by an exhibition of the winning photographs.

How to enter

To enter the competition, email your submission to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit our photo competition page for more information.


  1. The submissions from the 2013 NCVO Members’ and PhotoVoice Photography Competition are available to view on Flickr
  2. For more information please contact Helen Raftery, External Relations, NCVO, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. /020 7520 2424.
  3. For more information about PhotoVoice, please visit or contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  4. Download a copy of ‘The Four F’s – Four Steps to Better Photography’

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