2018 Photography Award This-Ability

Youmanity, with the support of the Metropolitan Police, invite you to enter our free photography competition the ‘This–Ability Photography Award 2018’.


Open to all amateur or professional photographers who can portray a snapshot of a disabled person’s life. Photographic entries should celebrate their story and character, encouraging participants to see disabled persons and disability in a new way.

Challenging stereotypes surrounding disability


Disability is much more than blue badges. The term ‘disability’ is broad and encompasses both visible and non-visible conditions. Did you know that in the UK dyslexia, diabetes, sight loss, hearing loss, speech disorders, anxiety and depression are all considered disabilities under the Equality Act 2010?


This award aims to challenge the stereotyping of disabled persons by highlighting that each of us is an individual. Through photography we celebrate our individuality, allowing others to see the disability as one of many aspects that make up a person’s unique identity.


Your photography entry


You may have a disability and want to submit a portrait of yourself. You may want to photograph someone you live with or work with or someone in your community. You don’t have to be a professional photographer, but make sure you take good, high-resolution shots. Each entry should consist of three themed images that portray the unique character and story of the person. The judges are looking for visual impact, originality and sensitivity, but most importantly your images should focus on the individual rather than the disability.


The submissions will be selected by the following judges: 


Adrian Ward -Senior Disability Consultant - Business Disability Forum

Aris Kourkoumelis - Photographic Historian

Brandei Estes -Head of Photography, Sotheby's

Francesca Filippini - Head of Development, Photographers’ Gallery 

Michael Pritchard - Chief Executive, The Royal Photographic Society 

Mike Birbeck - FRPS FDP - President, Disabled Photographers' Society

Neil Kenlock - Social documentary photographer

Simon Tovee - Chair MPS Disability Staff Association


Uploading your free submission is easy - click HERE


The closing date for entries is 26/10/2018

Winners will be announced on 05/11/2018


The winning photographs will be showcased at London City Hall 03-14/12/2018 to coincide with International Day of Disabled Persons. The winner will be awarded a gold medal and £1,000 cash prize. 



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