NCVO members and Photovoice competition winners 2016


The annual competition is a chance to celebrate the work of the voluntary sector, and this year images had to depict the theme of connection. Charities create connections every day, whether that is a connection between people, a connection to a cause or connection through action. The competition received entries capturing these connections across a wide range of subjects and organisations, and you can see all of these entries in the gallery below.

The competition was split into two categories: one for staff members and volunteers, and one for professional photographers.

The winners

Winner of the staff/volunteer category: 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.

Winner of the professional photographer category: 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.

The runners-up

Runner-up in the staff/volunteer category: 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.

Runner-up in the professional photographer category: 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

Gallery of all entries in the competition

The judges

After shortlisting by NCVO and PhotoVoice staff, the winners were decided by a panel of expert judges:

  • Sir Martyn Lewis, chair of NCVO
  • Tom Elkins, CEO of PhotoVoice
  • Derek Momodu, associate picture editor at the Daily Mirror
  • Laura Pannack, an award winning photographer.

The partners

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. This year the exhibition and prizes were sponsored by theprintspace, the UK’s leading professional photo and fine art printers. The shortlisted images were exhibited at NCVO’s Annual Conference, and will be displayed in the NCVO building.

The winners and runners-up won prizes including free entry to the NCVO Annual Conference, membership of PhotoVoice and £250 vouchers to have their work professionally printed and hung by theprintspace.

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