Friend-Ship finalists announced

Launched on World Suicide Prevention Day, the Friend-Ship Award invited photographers, both amateur and professional, to reach out to family and friends and take a celebratory portrait or an image encapsulating the value of friendship. According to the World Health Organisation, every year 800,000 people take their own lives, and many more attempt to. Isolation is a main reason for suicide, feeling misunderstood and alone. Friendship, togetherness, and connection, then, are as vital as ever.


Over four thousand photographic submissions underling the importance of friendship were received from over 50 different countries.


There isn’t a winning a image in this sensitive photography contest - ALL participants are absolute winners for having responded to our appeal. All photographic entries tell a story and taking part in this project aimed to recover the place and value of friendship in a society obsessed by glossy ticks and likes. Please stay connected with your loved ones. Nothing matches the feeling of togetherness that comes from family and friends. If you have been touched by this topic, there are some usuful contacts offering support attached to this page.

The finalists photographers are:


Alia Faza, Allan Mestel, Anastasia Georga, Anna Bruce, Anna Hoffman, Anne Fossier, Chris Marchant, Cocoa Laney, Danilo Garcia Di Meo, Debdatta Chakraborty, Dejan Mijović, Derrick Otieno, Ebrahim Alipoor, Francesca White, Francesco Ruffoni, Igor Zhitetsky, Ivan Chermykh, Izabela Urbaniak, Jevgenijs Scolokovs, JJ Jordan, Katie Tebbet, Leonard Petch, Liliia kucher, Ly Hoang Long, Maggie Viegener, Nabin Baral, Naf Selmani, Sarah Boada, Seyed Montazeri, Shahab Naseri


On 31st October our panel of judges will identify the overall winner and runners up from the above named photographers. This will be a most challenging task as the quality and subject matter of these submissions is outstanding.  

Youmanity congratulates ALL participants. All of you are winners. By sending photographs you have helped raise awareness of important human conditions some of which are still considered taboos in some parts of the world.  


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