Friday, 30 May 2014

My Perspective Photographic Competition 2014 - Short List Announced (2)

Let the judging begin

My Perspective Photographic Competition for people with Down's syndrome has gone from strength to strength since it started in 2010. The Down's Syndrome Association (DSA) launched its My Perspective competition to give
people with Down's syndrome the chance to show us their view of the world around them.

Now in its fifth year, the annual competition, open to anyone with Down's syndrome has gone international by receiving entries from across the world.  Head judge and professional photographer Richard Bailey has whittled down the large number of entries to the official My Perspectives Short-list which includes images from Greece, the USA and New Zealand.  The 25 short-listed images have now been presented to the judging panel for consideration.

The short-listed images are dispatched to each judge from them to score in order of personal preference.  Each judge's personal scores are returned to the DSA, where they are then counted and the  winner, and two runners up will be announced on the evening of Thursday 5th June at The Orangery,  Kew Gardens at the My Perspective Awards Evening.

Richard Bailey, Professional Photographer, Head Judge and Curator of Shifting Perspectives said,

"The quality of the images submitted for this year's competition has been truly outstanding and it has been extremely difficult to narrow down the submissions to just 25. Those who didn't make it should not be disheartened, but very proud of their work and should continue to take photographs. To those who were shortlisted congratulations and I look forward to seeing even more entries next year."

2014 Judging Panel -

  • Daniel Tomes – My Perspective Winner 2014
  • Katie Pinnock – Director, UK Corporate Contributions - GlaxoSmithKline
  • Richard Bailey – Professional Photographer, Shifting Perspectives Curator
  • Darren Warkcup – Parent member and Down's Syndrome Association Trustee
  • Debbie Douglas – DSA Supporter (former cast member of  TOWIE)
  • Felicity Finch – Actress & Producer (plays Ruth Archer in Radio 4's The Archers)
  • Suzie & Paul Moffat – DSA Parent members and Directors of Heart & Sold

My Perspective is the only photography competition for people with Down's syndrome.  The competition started in 2010 as the natural follow-on from the hugely successful Shifting Perspectives project, which saw the Down's Syndrome Association (DSA) showcase the work from a fantastic collection of professional photographers who all have a personal link with Down's syndrome.  In years gone by, people with Down's syndrome were photographed as exhibits, where the viewer was not supposed to see the person, just the difference.  My Perspective turns the camera around and gives the subjects in front of the camera a chance to show the world from their point of view.

At the award ceremony in the idyllic surroundings of Kew Gardens the winner, and two runner ups will be announced and presented with their prizes.

GlaxoSmithKline have generously sponsored My Perspective Photographic Award since its conception in 2010.  Their continuing support and continuing commitment to the DSA allows this unique project to grow year on year.

For further details including high res. Images please contact Press and Campaigns Officer Xanthe Breen on 0333 1212 300/07730 531504 or email on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

My Perspective 2014 Shortlist Images can be viewed here –

Friday, 08 November 2013

Successful Fundraising Evening at Claridge's (2)


The Hillssmall dinner at claridgessmall trophiessmall

On the evening of Thursday 7th November, Damon Hill OBE hosted a charity event in aid of Down's Syndrome Association, Down Syndrome International, Boveridge House Trust and halow project at the glamorous ballroom of Claridge's Hotel in the heart of London.

The charities welcomed over 160 guests and delighted them with a personal insight into the man behind the public face. They were treated to an exploration of his early life and the driving force that led to his success in motor racing, resulting in him becoming the Formula One World Champion in 1996.

In 1989, Damon and Georgie Hill's first child Oliver was born with Down's syndrome.  Damon and Georgie turned to the Down's Syndrome Association for help and information and have both been active and committed supporters ever since.  Damon and Georgie are both patrons of the Down's Syndrome Association and Down Syndrome International.  As Oliver has grown up they have also provided support and patronage to Boveridge House Trust and the halow project.

As well as "An Audience with Damon Hill", the evening hosted a charity auction presided over by Rupert Maas, from BBC's Antiques Roadshow.  Enthusiastic bidding ensured that the "one of prizes" raised an impressive sum, which will be shared amongst the four charities represented.

Guest who attended the evening also included Kevin Kilbane, Dennis Wise, Roberto DiMateo, Kirsty Allsop, Queen's Roger Taylor and many more.  Everyone enjoyed a fantastic evening, and felt it was a shame it had to end.

Kevin Kilbanesmall Kirsty Allsopsmall Footballers with Christiansamll

All four charities extend their most sincere thanks to Damon Hill and the organising committee without their time and generosity the evening would not have been such a great success.

Carol Boys, Chief Executive, Down's Syndrome Association,

"We are delighted that our patron Damon Hill has chosen to host this event, we thank Georgie Hill and Caroline Armstrong-Jones for heading up the organising committee. Sharing the load between the three other charities has ensured that the evening has been the roaring success that we have all benefited from."

An Audience with Damon Hill Organising Committee –  Caroline Armstrong-Jones, Georgie Hill, Carol Boys, Patricia Masri, Miranda Rock, The Earl of Shaftesbury, John Shelton and Sue Stirling.

Grateful Thanks to –  Richard Geoffrey – Dom Perigon, Rupert Maas, Adler, Mercesdes AMG Petronas, Red Bull
Racing, McLaren F1, Noble, Ian Buddin and RBS, Nick Jones, Griffe and Bentleys The Collection.

Information about the other three charities being supported -

  • Downs Syndrome International (Dsi) is a UK based international charity, comprising a worldwide membership of individuals and organisations.  Our members include people with Down syndrome, parents, family members, friends, carers, professionals, practitioners, researchers, organisations and people who are interested in Down syndrome.
  • Boveridge House School is an independent, residential school for children and young people from 9 to 19 with complex communication needs and other associated learning difficulties, including social and emotional difficulties which may present in challenging behaviour.  The school also specialises in the education and care of children and young people with Prader-Willi syndrome, working very closely with the Prader-Willi Syndrome Association UK (PWSA), who highly recommend Boveridge House School.
  • The halow project is dedicated to creating opportunities and supporting young people aged 16-35 with a learning disability so that they are able to live independent, meaningful, fulfilled lives and become more involved in their local community. We are a young, vibrant, growing organisation, passionate that the people we support have the right to expect the same life experiences and chances as any other young person and we are committed to making this a reality.