08 February 2016

East London NHS Foundation Trust is running a photography competition, #PersonalPixels, to encourage people to take photos and images which capture the essence of mental health and wellbeing.

The competition is open to all age groups and will now run to 6 May 2016. The winning entries will receive a prize and be part of a pop-up art exhibition which will tour around a range of Trust sites in London and Bedfordshire during the summer.

The theme is ‘That feeling when…’ A photograph which captures a moment, an emotion or a mood. Simply take your photo and email it to the  Trust with a brief description of the background to the photo and what feeling it sums up to you.

Stephen Sandford, Lead for Arts Therapies at the Trust said, “We would love to receive images which capture the whole range of emotions - a great punch the air ‘eureka’ moment or a moment of exasperation, irony, amusement, glee, anger or frustration. A gallery of the emotions we all experience.Today, everyone is a photographer either on their phones and tablet, or camera, so we hope the competition will capture the imagination and help us think about mental health wellbeing.”

The competition is open to people living and working in the areas where the Trust provides services: Newham, Hackney, Tower Hamlets, The City of London, Barnet, Richmond, Redbridge, Bedfordshire and Luton. 

Mental illness is far more common than many people think, yet it is still often met with ignorance and discrimination. The Trust hopes that by showing life with all its ups and downs will be a way of stimulating discussion, promoting understanding and changing attitudes.

Deputy Chief Executive, Dr Navina Evans said:  “We hope to gather a collection of photographs that will promote a better understanding of mental health issues. By acknowledging the good times and the difficult times we all face, it shows we have a connection and that we all respond differently.  But with support and understanding, we can help one another and challenge stigma.”

There are three separate categories:

  1. Children and young people up the age of 18 years 
  2. Working age adults  
  3. Older age adults (65+)

 Please read the following documents on how to send your entry: 

Only one entry per person is permitted. Entrants are advised to read the competition rules before entering.