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The Mind Membership Photography Competition

Winning photos announced in our membership photography competition. 

A huge thank you to everybody who entered the first ever membership photography competition.

We had over 260 amazing entries and were blown away by the creative talent of our membership community and the powerful and moving lived experience stories that inspired the photography.

After much deliberation, our panel of judges were delighted to choose Mind member Leah Burton as our overall winner.

Here's what Leah said about the inspiration behind her winning photo:

“I used a slow shutter speed and intentional movement to follow a tiny dot of light in my room when I was in the midst of a pretty dark time with my mental health (I have bipolar and post-traumatic stress disorder and I was also grieving my grandmother). For me, that’s what managing my mental health means, finding the light in your life, no matter how tiny and focusing on it in order to get through the darkest patches.”

Leah's winning photo

On winning the competition, Leah added: 

“I can't believe I have won and feel quite emotional as I have only recently begun showing others my photography despite it being a passion of mine for years. It’s a wonderful thing that a picture that is important and powerful to me personally has resonated with others and I am incredibly grateful.”

Our two runners-up were Samantha Sanderson and Sophia Benham. Samantha’s image depicts a stunning countryside scene in Wales and Sophia’s photo captures her children playing on the beach.

Samantha Sanderson

Sophia Benham

Paul Williams, wildlife photographer and membership photography competition judge, said:

“It was my privilege to be one of the judges on the Mind membership photography competition. The 10 shortlisted images were diverse and clearly meant a great deal to the people who had taken them. They created many talking points between the judges but a winner was unanimously picked. I was particularly interested by the strength of feeling the winning image created amongst the judges and how we all saw (and felt) different things viewing it. Congratulations to the winner, the two runners-up and everyone else who took the time to enter what has been a very successful competition which I really hope is back again next year. I can't wait!”

John Mac Crossan, Membership and Participation Manager, added:

“Thank you to each and every one of you who entered our membership photography competition. We were blown away by the incredibly high standard of the entries and the creative talent of our membership community. It was a privilege to look through the photos, to read your stories and to hear about the positive impact photography has had on your mental health.”

The winning photo and two runners-up will be featured in the Mind 2022 calendar.

A huge congratulations to our winners and thank you again to everybody who took part! 

Our shortlisted photos

Ali Nobbs

James Ellis

Rebecca Boardman

Terry Senior

Sophie Macken

Tarun Gunamal

Lisa-Marie Martin

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