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The My Perspective 2017 winner has been revealed…congratulations to Oliver Hellowell

His winning photograph is called ‘Red Kite’:

“The colours are cool. It’s an awesome bird of prey and he looks like he’s about to go somewhere”.

In joint second place were Robbie Snowden with his picture ‘Fairy Clock’:

“You blow fairy clocks in the wind. They settle in different places and make new plants. The tops look like fireworks or stars”.

…and Paras Kumar, from India, with his image ‘Life is Better With Friends’:

“When I was in Madrid by a beach I saw one was sitting there with a motionless face waiting for his friend.  He came with his cycle and he got a long smile seeing them.  That said, life is better with friends”.

The winner of the Stephen Thomas award* was Samuel Mwanyika from Tanzania, for his image Zebra Sun Baking:

Zebra Sun Baking by Samuel Mwanuika, Tanzania, winner of the 2017 Stephen Thomas Award as part of the My Perspective photography competition

The winners were announced at a special ceremony in London. We were thrilled that Samuel and his family were able to attend.

Actress Rula Lenska presented the finalists and winners with their photographs, and last year’s winner Emily Buck gave a fantastic presentation about her life since winning and what inspires her photography.

The Lancashire based dance company Dance Syndrome performed during the evening. Established in 2009, DanceSyndrome was the inspiration of founder and Creative Director, Jen Blackwell, who has Down’s syndrome, and wanted to follow her dream of being a dancer and dance leader.

We launched our My Perspective competition in partnership with the hugely successful Shifting Perspectives (curated by Richard Bailey).

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 people from across the world and regularly has over 250 entries from the UK, Greece, Japan, New Zealand and America.

GSK logoGlaxoSmithKline have generously sponsored My Perspective Photographic Award 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.