My Perspective 2014 Winner Announced

The very talented Stephen Thomas was announced as the overall winner of our international photographic competition, My Perspective at the awards ceremony held in the beautiful surroundings of Kew Gardens.

Stephen’s winning entry is called “Moraine Lake”.

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Stephen has been taking pictures since he was 8 and uses a Canon 1000D to capture his stunning images.  When asked why he likes taking photographs Stephen said

“I like taking close-up and seeing all the details in things.  I like taking landscapes. I would like to do more photography especially landscapes and flower close-ups.  I would like to take photos as my job.”

On hearing the announcement that he had won Stephen said, “Have I won?”

After receiving his prize of a Canon ES1100 Stephen’s response was short and to the the point “I’m so happy”.

My Perspective is a photography competition for people with Down’s syndrome.  Now in its fifth year, the annual competition is open to anyone with Down’s syndrome and the only rules are that 1. You must have Down’s syndrome and 2. You must have taken the photograph yourself.

The Down’s Syndrome Association (DSA) launched its My Perspective competition in partnership with the hugely successful Shifting Perspectives project, to give people with Down’s syndrome the chance to show us their perspective of the world around them.

The competition has grown from strength to strength and received entries from around the world.  This year saw the final short list include images from Greece, USA and even as far as New Zealand.

My Perspectives 2014 Overall Winner received a high spec camera, canvas print of the winning image and certificate, from our Patron Georgie Hill and last year’s winner Daniel Tomes.  Stephen will also be given the honour of being a judge on next years panel.

  • Stephen Thomas, Moraine Lake in Canada

Joint Second Place Award – Both runners up received a camera, canvas print of their image and certificate

Joint second prize winners both attend the Cricket Green School in Mitcham which runs an excellent photography programme.  The school had 8 pupils enter 3 of which were shortlisted.
Beale Tim - 2
Tim Beale, Chilling Out
Edmund Rosika - 2
Rosika Edmund, Flower Poem 2

Runners Up – All runners up receive a canvas print of their image and certificate.

  • Carlos Biggemann – Spread Your Wings Little One – Carlos is from New Zealand
  • Graham Busby, A Bug’s Life
  • Beth Courtman, Under the Tree
  • Christopher Diedo – Houses of Parliament and Creepy Tree
  • Sita Dommett, Planting Rice in Bali
  • Fratzeska Douka – Blue Sky – from Greece
  • Katy Francis, My Dancing Feet
  • Daniel Geeson – Tulips – from Powys.
  • Maria Georgiadou – The Old Lady – from Greece
  • Edward Giffin, Sunset Through the Window
  • Daniel Harrison, Abstract 2 from Cricket Green School
  • Rachel Ireland – My Shadow – our youngest shortlisted entry at aged 7
  • Darren Jones – Sunset
  • David Kenward, Poppy Field – this image is particularly poignant as it is the anniversary of the D-Day landings on Friday 6th June 2014.
  • Maria Mantzolopoulou – The Sea – from Greece
  • Edward Phippen, Beach on Tiree
  • Shane Roussi – Star Spangled Banner – from Ohio
  • Gabrielle Shann, Escape
  • Karen Slater, On the Table
  • Ermis Vousvounis – The Flowers – from Greece
  • Zoe Wilton – The Bees and the Butterflies

Congratulations to everyone. Entries for next year’s My Perspectives Photographic Competition can be submitted from October 2014 until early April 2015. Further details will be published on our website in the autumn.  We encourage everyone to start taking photographs over the summer and look forward to seeing your top three images for judging.