Amateur photographers challenged to capture a picture of health

Posted by ap507 at Apr 09, 2015 10:59 AM |
Competition by local universities and hospitals encourages people to think about science in the community

Issued by the University of Leicester Press Office on 9 April

A new competition run by two cutting-edge medical research units in Leicester is challenging local photographers to bring life-changing science into the community.

The initiative, led by the University of Leicester, aims to showcase local talent and get people thinking about the role of science generally in society and specifically in healthcare.

It has been organised by the National Institute of Health Research Biomedical Research Units at the universities of Leicester and Loughborough and offers the chance for successful applicants to have their work exhibited at the Leicester People’s Photographic Gallery. There is also a special prize for the photograph that receives the People’s Award, voted for by donors and alumni of the University of Leicester.

The competition challenges budding shutterbugs to submit images by Monday 11 May relating to the theme of ‘Science: Hearts, Lungs and Fitness’ to encourage more people to get involved with science research locally.

Rebecca Pritchard, who is running in the event, said: “We’re really keen to get people thinking about science. The changes in healthcare over the last fifty years driven by science have had immense impact on society and every individual living in the UK.”

The Biomedical Research Units are based in Leicester’s Hospitals and universities and work to find out more about the genetics, treatments and prevention of ill-health.

Rebecca continued: “We want people living locally to start feeling like they can get involved in science and that it’s something happening in the community, not just in labs and research units. This is a project to find out how people identify with health research and what it means to them, and to bring artists and scientists in the community into a shared space.”

Those who wish to apply should send their images to rp237@le.ac.uk before Monday 11 May for review and selection, with successful applicants informed by Thursday 21 May whether their images have been selected for the showcase.

Images must be related in some way to the topic of ‘Science: Hearts, Lungs and Fitness’. Submission is free although artists will have to pay to have their work printed and mounted on a foam board if selected for the exhibition, at no bigger than A3 size. Printed and mounted images can be delivered to either the Leicester People’s Photographic Gallery or the Cardiovascular Research Centre at Glenfield Hospital. 

Those artists whose work is selected will have their images exhibited at the Leicester People’s Photographic Gallery on Welford Place from 29 June to 17 July and a Preview Evening on the 2 July, with one lucky photographer being selected to win the People’s Award voted for by donors and alumni at the Preview Evening, whose work will be transformed into a canvas.

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For more information or to submit work, contact Rebecca Pritchard rp237@le.ac.uk

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