The Youmanity Photography Award has announced that Sujan Sarkar has won the 2018 competition with his reportage on Mukul Roy. A labourer from West Bengal, India, Mr Roy had relocated to Rajasthan to work in a stone-crushing plant when his right leg became stuck in a machine had to be amputated. Unemployed, Mr Roy returned to West Bengal where he learned to make handicrafts he proudly sells at the market.
The Youmanity annual photography competition is open to anyone with an interest in photography and participants are judged on a three-image essay which this year was themed ‘This-Ability’. Photographers worldwide were invited to submit images that celebrated the story, uniqueness and character of their models rather than their disability.
The second and third places were awarded to Sergey Kolesnikov, a Russian photographer who reported on the life of ‘Andrey’ who despite a brain injury, leads a reasonably self-sufficient life in Smolensk, Russia; and Marco Mariani, with an essay on Francesco Messori whose disability did not prevent him from becoming captain of the Italian amputee soccer Team.
The judges in 2018 were Aris Kourkoumelis - Photographic Historian, Brandei Estes - Head of Photography, Sotheby’s, Francesca Filippini - Head of Development, Photographers’ Gallery, Mike Birbeck FRPS FDP - President, Disabled Photographers' Society, Neil Kenlock - Social documentary photographer, Simon Tovee - Chair MPS Disability Staff Association.
The grand opening of This-Ability Photography Exhibition at City Hall on 3rd December was attended by HE George Ramocan, High Commissioner of Jamaica, Diane Lightfoot, CEO Business Disability Forum, Simon Tovee, Chairman of MET Disability Association, and Angelo Iudice, Chairman of Youmanity.
Special guest Jon Sweet, CEO Lysis Financial who delivered the This-Ability first prize to Sujan Sarkar.
“It is my pleasure to handover this important prize to the winner of Youmanity’s Photography Award. I congratulate Mr Sarkar and all the top class Photographers whose incredible images are on display at City Hall’” stated Mr Sweet in awarding the prize.
Jon Sweet (CEO of Lysis Financial Limited) presenting the prize to Roberto Duka who was representing the winner, Sujan Sarkar
This-Ability, curated by Elisa Canossa, is showcased at London City Hall until 17 Jan 2019
YOUMANITY is a non-profit organisation based in London promoting the importance of cultural diversity and social inclusion. This-Ability, supported by Scotland Yard’s Directorate for Inclusion and Diversity, is sponsored by Lysis Financial - Dukes - Casa Londra - Brainpull - Tisettanta - CDS