Charity marking 80th anniversary launches children’s “positive images of disability” photo competition

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A – which this year marks its 80th anniversary – is launching a “positive images of disability” photography competition for pupils.

Disability Action Yorkshire is encouraging youngsters at primary and senior schools across district to take up the challenge, and, during the Easter holidays, to capture images that portray disability in an encouraging and optimistic light.

All the photographs will be displayed at an exhibition being staged in June in St Peter’s Church, on Cambridge Street, helping to mark the charity’s eight decades of supporting and championing disabled people.

Disability Action Yorkshire chief executive Jackie Snape said: This year our charity is 80, and we are marking this milestone with a number of key events, including a celebration dinner in September and a photo exhibition which will include images captured by young people in the area.

The brief for the competition is very simple – and yet very wide. A positive image of disability can be anything from a wheelchair access ramp to disabled people participating in sport or other activities.

The aim of the competition is promote and celebrate the positive side of diversity, , and to also think about what else could be done to make society more inclusive for disabled people.

The competition is being split into two age groups; 11 and under and 12 to 16. The  winner of each category will receive a £50 voucher from a retailer of their choice, in addition to both winning images being captured on canvas, courtesy of Max Spielmann, on Harrogate’s Oxford Street.

Images, together with the entrant’s name, age and contact details need to be emailed to  no later than Sunday, 30 April 2016.

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