Mencap announces photography competition winners


Wedding day celebrations, fun at the beach, disability demonstrations and ambitions fulfilled were just some of the subjects of the winning entries from Mencap’s Snap! photography competition
2008. As well as receiving a Fujifilm digital camera, the winners will have their photographs displayed at the acclaimed Proud Camden gallery in London, from 19 June to 6 July.

An amazing 1,100 entries were received by the UK’s leading learning disability charity this year, which was a record amount. The winners will be presented with their prize at a glittering,
star-studded awards evening in June.

Snap! is Mencap’s photo and story competition, now in its sixth year. The competition showcases the talents of people with a learning disability through photographs and inspiring stories to
increase understanding of learning disability by those closest to it. The photographs are either taken by, or feature someone with a learning disability and are accompanied by a short descriptive

Judges for this year’s competition included, Rankin, iconic fashion and celebrity photographer; Alex Proud, founder of Proud Galleries in London; and Eamonn McCabe, former picture editor of
the Guardian.

Rankin comments: “Using photographs and stories together gives a unique insight into a person’s life. The judging was a really tough job, as the standard of entries was outstanding and
I was really impressed by the creativity shown.”

Snap! is sponsored by Fujifilm and supported by The Sorrell Foundation. To see this year’s winners and for more information on Snap! visit  

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Contact Tara Rayment, Mencap press office, 020 7696 6937, for jpegs of:
– this year’s winning images;
– photographs of the judging day; and
– Rankin with Dean Meuleman, past Snap! winner and judge.

Notes to editors

• Proud Camden is at Stables Market, Chalk Farm Road, Camden Town, London NW1 8AH.
• Mencap works with people with a learning disability and their families and carers.
• 1.5 million people in the UK have a learning disability.
• A learning disability is caused by the way the brain develops before, during or shortly after birth. It is always lifelong.
• Learning disability affects someone’s intellectual and social development all their life. People with a learning disability find it harder than others to learn, understand and
• People with a learning disability don’t get an equal chance in life. Mencap fights to change laws and services and to provide better access to education, employment and leisure facilities,
supporting thousands of people with a learning disability to live their lives the way they want.
• It is not a mental illness and should not be confused with mental health issues. It is not dyslexia or aspergers syndrome.
• It used to be called mental handicap but we don’t use this term anymore because most people with a learning disability find it offensive.
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