Some local budding photographers were crowned the
winners of the Lanarkshire Photography Competition 2013 and in
doing so helped to raise awareness of mental health
The competition was organised as part of Lanarkshire
Recovery Network's ongoing support of the Scottish Mental Health
Arts & Film Festival (SMHAFF) which takes place annually during
the month of October. The competition was open for entries
during July-August, in the lead up to the festival, with the theme
'Reality in Lanarkshire'.
The creative brief was very broad to allow
participants to showcase their personal interpretations.
Entrants were also asked to reflect the overall aims of SMHAFF:
'challenge people's perceptions of mental health and promote
positive mental health and wellbeing'.
There was a fantastic response with over 140
entries, 35 of which were shortlisted by representatives from
Lanarkshire Recovery Network. The shortlisted photographs
were then exhibited in two locations; East Kilbride Arts Centre and
Motherwell Heritage Centre during the month of October.
Visitors to the exhibitions were asked to vote for their favourite
photographs. It was so successful in Motherwell that the
exhibition was extended for another week.
Lara Henderson (under 16s) from Blantyre and Donald
Thompson (16 yrs & over) from Lanark, scooped first prizes of
£150 Amazon vouchers for their impressive
Ewan McCunn (under 16s) from Motherwell and Lauren
Richmond (16 & over) came second in their age categories
winning vouchers worth £75. Caitlin MacKay (under 16s) from
Cumbernauld, Lesley Farnan (16 & over) from Hamilton and Amy
Thomson (16 & over) from Motherwell won third place prize
vouchers for £50.
Kevin O'Neill, Public Mental Health & Wellbeing
Development Manager, for NHS Lanarkshire said: "We were delighted
with the success of the Lanarkshire Photographic Competition.
The standards of entry were extremely high covering a variety of
positive mental health messages."
Susan McMorrin, Senior Health Promotion Officer for
NHS Lanarkshire, said: "There is still a great deal of stigma,
inequality and discrimination experienced by people of all ages who
have mental health issues. We are delighted at the level of
support to promote positive mental health and challenge
Avril Cutler, Development Officer, Lanarkshire
Recovery Network, added: "All entries were to a very high standard
and uniquely reflected the overall aims of the festival. This
was done not only through the photographs but in the many
inspirational messages that accompanied them."
Liz MacWhinney, Manager, Lanarkshire Links, said:
"We've been overwhelmed by the response in the quality and
diversity of entries and it's also encouraging to see involvement
and support from young people to help raise awareness of mental
health and wellbeing in their schools, families and
To view all entries visit http://www.flickr.com/photos/95366523@N05/sets/
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Lanarkshire Recovery Network is hosted by
Lanarkshire Links, service user and carer organisation, and brings
together representatives from NHS Lanarkshire, North Lanarkshire
Council, South Lanarkshire Council, the voluntary sector and
service users and carers.