About Down's Syndrome : My Perspective

Congratulations to our 2019 My Perspective winners!


This year’s competition was a little bit different.

We had two winners…one picked by a group of judges and one picked by members of the public.

The People’s Choice winner, chosen by a public vote was Carlos Biggemann, from New Zealand with his stunning picture ‘Autumn Leaves in Arrowtown’

Carlos, who flew over especially for the awards ceremony in London, said: “I’m so surprised. All I ever wanted was to be here and to win is just so amazing.

We travelled about four hours to get this photograph. It makes me feel how colourful life can be, by showing the vibrant colour green, because green represents Happiness, Tranquillity and Peacefulness. How the contrast and the mixture of beautiful colours can represent the season of Autumn. It also makes me want to take more beautiful pictures so I can send more positivity through photos.”

The winner of the Judge’s Choice award, which is chosen by a group of professional photographer, supporters and people with Down’s syndrome was Oliver Hellowell, from Somerset. He took his exquisite shot ‘Blue-tit in the Snow’ for his mum, who loves the birds.

Oliver is no stranger to the limelight. The 22-year-old has found worldwide acclaim as a nature photographer, has had his own book published, and has appeared on BBC Countryfile and The One Show talking about his love of capturing the great outdoors, and wildlife in particular. He’s also no stranger to winning My Perspective, picking up first prize in 2017.

Each year, a special award is presented to a photographer who doesn’t live in the UK. This year, Amir Hossein Bagheri from Iran picked up The Stephen Thomas Award for this beautiful image.

The shortlisted photographers were invited to a awards event in the beautiful Normansfield Theatre at the Langdon Down Centre, home of the DSA. It was hosted by patron Peter Davison alongside Carol Boys, Chief Executive of the DSA.

Emily Buck, who won the competition in 2018, joined the party and gave an inspiring speech about her studies and plans for the future.

The runners up in the competition are:

  • Robbie Snowden (UK)
  • Alexander Auld (UK)
  • Giuseppe Caccamese (Italy)
  • Anna Teoh (UK)
  • Paul Wakeling (UK)
  • Ntina Chamalidou (Greece)
  • Louis Huyghe (UK)
  • Arefe Azimi (Iran)
  • Jonathan Grosvenor (UK)
  • Stephen Lucas (UK)
  • Tenzin Andrews (Netherlands)
  • Natalie Stevanus (Canada)
  • Christine Antunovich (USA)
  • Christopher Diedo (UK)
  • Steven Padmore (UK)
  • Parnian Hamidi Ashtiani (Iran)
  • Alireza Babaei (Iran)
  • Caitlin Giltrap (UK)
  • Kathryn York (UK)
  • David Kenward (UK)
  • Angelina Magdalene Ebhin (India)

We’d like to say a big thank you to everyone who entered this year, to our wonderful judges and to our sponsors, Mastercard and Voucher Express.

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. The Down’s Syndrome Association’s My Perspective competition turns the camera around and gives people with Down’s syndrome the chance to show the world from their point of view.

Here are all this year’s shortlisted photographs….many congratulations to everyone who made the shortlist!


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