Monday, 13 September 2010

Mencap Snap Competition



You may recall that a couple of weeks ago a picture of my brother won a prize in this year’s MENCAP Snap competition: http://www.mencap.org.uk/snap/snap_2010/big_pic.asp?ID=819


I briefly mentioned it in another blog, but it got buried under loads of pictures of Bid TV’s Peter Simon demonstrating a back massager: http://christinalouisemartin.blogspot.com/2010/08/yet-more-things-i-saw-this-week.html

Naturally...

So, it seems only right and proper to give it a blog all to itself.

SNAP is an annual photo competition run by MENCAP.

All photos entered into the competition must be either taken by a disabled person or have a disabled person as the subject.

The competition is a fun way of promoting positive images of disability, and offers a rare insight into the everyday lives of the disabled.

Not many people have direct experience of disability or the disabled. As a consequence disability can make some people feel uncomfortable, even hostile.

The SNAP competition aims to change negative perceptions and challenge misconceptions about disability, by showing that disabled people are just like everyone else and are not to be ignored, pitied, patronised or feared.

They know how to have fun:


They are fearless:


They are loving:


And as babies they are just as cute as any ‘normal’ kid:


You can see all of the winning photos on MENCAP’s website, here: http://www.mencap.org.uk/snap/snap_2010/photo_index.asp

I would also highly recommend that you watch this film of a previous SNAP awards ceremony: http://www.mencap.org.uk/document.asp?id=6794 It’s really moving and shows the positive impact of the SNAP competition on the disabled people who take part.

There is an outdoor exhibition of the winning photos in Soho Square from 28 September to 12 October. It’s open from 8am to 7pm and is totally FREE!

Do go along, it is a genuinely uplifting project and you are bound to leave with a smile on your face.

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