The Youmanity Photography Award has announced that Sujan Sarkar has won the 2018 competition with his reportage on Mukul Roy. A labourer from West Bengal, India, Mr Roy had...
Photography Award winners
For 2018 Youmanity adopted disability as the theme for their annual photographic Award. Entitled This-Ability, it aimed to challenge stereotypes surrounding disability.
Photographers worldwide were invited to submit images that celebrated the story, uniqueness and character of their models rather than their disability.
Over three thousand photographic entries from 53 different countries offered an insight into the lives of many - the chance of thoughtful reflection, learning and inspiration.
The term “disability” is broad and encompasses both visible and non-visible conditions. Society's assumption that disabled people want to overcome their disability fails to recognise disability as an identity, often overlooking the strengths that come with it.
Society appears to place more emphasis on the disability rather than the person. Blue symbols may influence people's perception standing in the way of what should be a more holistic view of the person's achievements, success and accomplishment.
Disability symbols may be integral parts of a person, yet when removing such symbols - if only temporarily - the real person emerges from within.
The This-Ability Photography Exhibition showcased at London City Hall underlines this hypothesis and is intended to unmask, myth-bust and educate.
Winner Awards 2018
Senior Disability Consultant, Business Disability Forum
Head of Photography, Sotheby's
CEO, Business Disability Forum (TBC)
Francesca Filippini Pinto
Head of Development, Photographers’ Gallery
Chief Executive, The Royal Photographic Society
Mike Birbeck FRPS FDP
President, Disabled Photographers' Society
Social documentary photographer
Chair MPS Disability Staff Association
Previous Award Winners
Freedom to Love
Liza Van Der Stock
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