RSPH and the Royal Photographic Society (RPS) have unveiled the winners of flash points, a photographic competition exploring different health issues, challenges and risks at play throughout each stage of life for people in the UK today.

natasa Bologh - Sorrow

1st Place

Awarded to Natasa Balogh, a care assistant at a nursing home in Banstead, Surrey.

Her photograph, Sorrow, captures the relationship between a 97-year-old mother and her daughter, on whom she depended for 24-hour care before her death.

Natasa said: “I feel great empathy towards the people I work with, and when I saw this competition I felt compelled to enter. I want to present the emotional side to ill-health, and tell the story of the impact that ageing and ill-health have on relationships between loved ones. I’m touched that my photograph has been awarded First Place; it honours these women.”

Najma Khalid by David Shaw

2nd Place

Awarded to David J Shaw, from Wiltshire, for his photograph depicting Najma Khalid and her mother on their way to Buckingham Palace, where Najma had been invited in recognition of her community work in Oldham.

Having struggled with unemployment as a single mother, Najma set up a local support network for Asian women experiencing social issues within the context of more traditional elements of Pakistani society. They mutually support each other through issues such as poverty, parenthood, religion and gender.

King Sized Mattress by Eric Aydin-Barberini

3rd Place

Awarded to Eric Aydin-Barberini, from Cardiff, for his photograph King Sized Mattress. Eric’s grandfather suffers from Alzheimer’s and cancer, and when his grandmother died, Eric moved in to care for him.

He devised a series of photographs, Old Timer’s Disease, to explore the change in his grandfather and the change in their roles towards each other.


The judges included award-winning photographers Chris Steele-Perkins, Sian Davey and Tom Hunter, as well as Professor Stephen Clift, Chair of the Arts and Health Special Interest Group.

Entries were invited from amateur and professional photographers based in the UK with the aim of collating a selection of photographs which document and evoke the interaction between different stages of our lives and our health and wellbeing.

Shirley Cramer CBE, Chief Executive of RSPH, said: “RSPH has a long standing interest and commitment to the arts and health, not just in the therapeutic benefits of arts-based approaches to support the public’s health and wellbeing, but also using the arts as a means of engaging people in a conversation about some of the major challenges to the public’s health.

“Following on from our successful art commission Gin Lane 2016 by artist Thomas Moore, we’re delighted that our flash points competition in partnership with the RPS generated so much interest and such varied submissions. Topics as varied as body image, dementia, and sexual health inspired some of the entries and we hope the selected works capture the breadth and depth of issues which confront people at different stages of life, both for the public and for those working to improve and protect the public’s health.

Dr Michael Pritchard, Chief Executive of RPS, said: “The RPS is delighted to partner with RSPH to bring together photography and public health advocacy in to one exciting exhibition. We were impressed with both the quality and range of images submitted to the flash points competition. The RPS regularly partners with other organisations to use photography to explore subjects ranging from the weather to historic places.”