RSPH is delighted to announce its new partnership with the Royal Photographic Society (RPS). RPS joins RSPH to co-host the photography competition, flash points: a photographic exploration of health across the life course.

The competition is calling for entries that explore the dynamic relationship between health and different stages of life. Amateur and professional photographers can submit their work across six categories: early years, childhood, adolescence, young adulthood, adulthood and later life.


A first prize of £500 will be awarded for the best overall photograph. The photograph in second place will be awarded £250 while third place will be awarded £100.

RSPH and RPS hope to broaden the thinking around health inequalities and social determinants by engaging the public through new creative avenues.

Shirley Cramer CBE, Chief Executive, RSPH, said: “Following on from our successful art commission Gin Lane 2016 by artist Thomas Moore, we’re delighted to be working with the Royal Photographic Society on our first ever photography competition. RSPH is always seeking new, innovative ways in which to stimulate creative thinking around the public’s health.

“We’re excited to see how the photographers capture health through the lens, exploring the both visible and subtle ways in which physical and mental health can impact individuals. We are honoured to welcome RPS’ expertise and experience in joining us on this project.”

Dr Michael Pritchard, Chief Executive, RPS, said: “The RPS regularly partners with other organisations to explore a diverse range of issues through photography, so we’re pleased to be focusing in on the public’s health with RSPH. We’re very much looking forward to seeing how this exciting project captures photographers’ imaginations and the thought-provoking work that it will inspire.”

Photo courtesy of Sian Davey.