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Deadline: May 17, 2012
Winner is: Judged & Voted
Entry: Free Entry

The National Autistic Society Photo Contest

NAS-50th-logo Autism and friendship through the lens. The National Autistic Society (NAS) is inviting the public to look at autism through a lens as it launches a friendship-themed photography competition in celebration of the charity’s 50th anniversary. The competition is a chance for entrants to capture what friendship means to them or celebrate someone who has been a friend to them or made a difference to their life.

The lucky winner will enjoy a private photography session with John Swannell, world renowned fashion, beauty and royal photographer and the man behind the recently published Diamond Jubilee portraits of the Queen.

The competition closes on the 17 May 2012 and the shortlist of 12 entries and overall winner will be selected by a judging panel led by John. Joining John on the judging panel will be Hilary Alexander, British fashion industry legend and former Fashion Director at the Telegraph; Kayte Brimacombe, an acclaimed photojournalist who has shot pictures for The Independent, The Telegraph and Marie Claire; and Jay Blue, amateur photographer and female autistic writer, poet and public speaker.

John Swannell said: “Photography has the power to capture the stories, emotions and special moments that underlie human relationships and this competition is a chance for everyone to get involved and explore those ideas in relation to autism. For my son Charlie, growing up with autism has brought many challenges and the condition can be incredibly isolating at times. This competition is a chance to cast a light on some of the challenges that people with autism can face, while exploring the meaning of friendship and celebrating the special relationships that mean so much to people with autism and their families.”

Over the last year, John and his wife Marianne have raised £27,000 in aid of the Transforming Lives Project, a collaboration with the NAS to help support young adults as they move from childhood into adulthood.

Mark Lever, Chief Executive of the NAS, said: “People with autism can sometimes find it difficult to form friendships, but at the NAS, we are determined that everyone with the condition gets the support they need to access the social opportunities others can take for granted. 50 years ago the NAS started as a small group of friends who met around a kitchen table frustrated at the lack of understanding and help available. 50 years later, I can’t think of a better way to celebrate our anniversary than by inviting people affected by autism across the UK to share their photos and tell us what friendship means to them in 2012.”


Contest Prize & TERMS

PRIZE DETAILS: Shortlisted entries and the winner will be revealed at the Autism Show in June. The winner will receive an Olympus PEN mini camera worth more than £400 and a private photography session with world-famous photographer, John Swannell.

The entry that receives the most public votes on the competition microsite will also receive an Olympus PEN mini camera. ELIGIBILITY: UK Not eligible to enter? - Find contest where you are.

COPYRIGHT: Each entrant warrants that the photograph submitted is their own work, that they own the copyright for it, that it has not been published elsewhere or won a prize in any other photographic competition.

Copyright in the image submitted by all entrants for this competition remains with the respective entrant who will always be credited as such whenever the image is published by the NAS. USAGE RIGHTS: By entering your image into the competition, you grant the NAS a free, non-exclusive, irrevocable, world-wide licence to reproduce the image submitted for the following purposes:
judging the competition
display at an exhibition of the shortlisted and winning entries
use on or in fundraising merchandise for the NAS at any time in the future
inclusion on the NAS website and social media profiles at any time in the future
inclusion within NAS publications such as but not limited to Communication magazine at any time in the future and by way of any medium
inclusion (if selected as one of the promotional images) within the NAS’s marketing and promotional materials (including press packs) for the competition and associated exhibition.

You agree that whilst non-NAS media will be asked to ensure that all images published by them are credited to the photographer, neither the NAS nor the Judging Panel can reasonably be held responsible for their failure to do so.

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