Dame Judi Dench to judge International Photography Competition

Dame Judi Dench is one of the expert judges who will reveal the winners of the international ‘My Perspective’ competition at a prestigious ceremony in London on June 16 2016.

Dame Judi will be joined by actress and writer Sally Phillips, Formula One World Champion Damon Hill OBE, Eastenders actress Emma Barton and Director of Global Brand and Visual Identity at GlaxosmithKline, Phillipa Proctor.  The 25 shortlisted photographers will attend the gala event which is hosted by the Down’s Syndrome Association (DSA)

In years gone by, people with Down’s syndrome were photographed as exhibits; the viewer was not supposed to see the person, just the difference. My Perspective turns the camera around and gives people with Down’s syndrome the chance to show the world from their point of view.

Since its creation in 2010, the competition has attracted entries from across the world and this year the shortlisted photographers come from the UK, Greece, Holland and New Zealand.

At the ceremony, the DSA will also be honouring the life of Stephen Thomas with a special award for the competition’s international photographers.

Stephen and David Thomas and his winning My Perspective photograph from 2014

Stephen and his father David died in a tragic boating accident in Canada in 2015.  Stephen was a very talented photographer and in 2014, he won My Perspective with his beautiful photograph ‘Moraine Lake’.

As Stephen travelled extensively with his family, the DSA have created the Stephen Thomas Award in his memory to enable one of the shortlisted international photographers to travel to the UK for the ceremony.  Stephen’s mother Julie will present the award.

GSK_logoGlaxoSmithKline have generously sponsored My Perspective since its conception in 2010.   Their continuing support and commitment to the Down’s Syndrome Association allows this unique project to grow year on year.