Photos that Look Beyond Dementia

“Looking Beyond” is a photo competition with a difference. It is aimed at encouraging photographers to take great images that convey a message of hope, support and understanding for those with dementia.

The photography competition is the idea of Emma Williams. Emma’s Dad was diagnosed with dementia at the age of 66 and this opened her eyes to a condition that is stigmatised and misunderstood by many. Inspired by her father and the impact that a striking image can have on a passer-by, Emma had the idea for a travelling photo exhibition to raise awareness and hope for people affected by dementia.

The aim is to increase people’s awareness of dementia, challenge misconceptions and highlight hopes for all those affected by the condition.

Emma, a trustee of local registered charity Dementia Friendly East Riding (DFER) has teamed up with local photographer Nigel Walker, members of the Viewfinder Photographic Society based in Skidby in the East Riding of Yorkshire, and Wendy Mitchell who describes herself as ‘living positively with dementia’ to launch the ‘Looking Beyond’ photography competition.

The organisers are seeking photographs from which they can select the best pictures to form part of a travelling exhibition. Winners will have their images displayed over a six to nine month period from September 2017 at exhibition venues throughout East Riding of Yorkshire and Hull. There are no prizes but the successful photographs will be widely seen in the Hull and East Riding area.

There is no restriction in genre, but each image should preferably be accompanied by a caption of no more than twenty words that links the photograph with a message of hope and support.

Photographers can submit up to four images. It's free and easy to enter.

For more information about the rules and how to enter, visit Viewfinder Photographic Society's website or email


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  • 13 June 2017