Flash points highlights public health

15 September 2017

Competitions, Society news

The Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) and the Royal Photographic Society (RPS) have unveiled and exhibited the winners and shortlisted entries from flash points, a photographic competition which explores different health issues, challenges and risks at play throughout each stage of life for people in the UK today. All the shortlisted images can be seen here.

The judges for the flash points competition included award-winning photographers Chris Steele-Perkins HonFRPS, Sian Davey and Tom Hunter, as well as Professor Stephen Clift, Chair of RSPH’s Special Interest Group in the Arts and Health.

Shirley Cramer CBE, Chief Executive, RSPH, said: “RSPH has a long standing interest and commitment to the arts and health, not just in the therapeutic benefits of arts-based approaches to support the public’s health and wellbeing, but also using the arts as a means of engaging people in a conversation about some of the major challenges to the public’s health. Following on from our successful art commission Gin Lane 2016 by artist Thomas Moore, we’re delighted that our flash points competition in partnership with the RPS generated so much interest and such varied submissions. Topics as varied as body image, dementia, and sexual health inspired some of the entries and we hope the selected works capture the breadth and depth of issues which confront people at different stages of life, both for the public and for those working to improve and protect the public’s health.

Dr Michael Pritchard, Chief Executive, RPS, said: “The RPS is delighted to have partnered with RSPH to bring together photography and public health advocacy in to one exciting exhibition. We were impressed with both the quality and range of images submitted to the flash points competition. The RPS regularly works with other organisations to use photography to explore subjects ranging from the weather to historic places."  

Image: Natasa Balogh, Sorrow. First prize winner. Natasa is a care assistant at a nursing home and her photograph shows the complex relationship between a 97 year old mother suffering from dementia and needing 24 hour care and her daughter.