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 for the entire year.
My shortlisted image was Samburu Warriors, Milgis Camp, Kenya photographed for Realising Another World (RAW) Foundation.
"An awareness talk given by RAW Foundation created flourishing new friendships between scouts, tribesmen and Milgis Trust in nomadic Kenya. We discussed the dangers of plastics, critically highlighting the environment and pollution. Connections were established afterwards between all parties, who together, endeavour to become plastic free and spread knowledge."