2020 'Patient Portraits: Photos from the Heart' - National Photography Competition
Heart Valve Voice, in collaboration with The Royal Photographic Society and Silversurfers, is hosting a national photography competition to raise awareness of heart valve disease. Highlighting the disease's prevalence and symptoms, and showing that with timely treatment, patients can return to a good or even better quality of life.
'Patient Portraits: Photos from the Heart' asks anyone in the UK over 18 to submit five of their pictures that capture those shared moments, treasured memories or acts of kindness and love. Each image will capture a moment that is 'from the heart', that speaks to the time we are in and the challenges we have faced to together.
Winners will be selected from each region by an independent selection panel. The regional winners will then be paired with a local heart valve disease patient to capture what the quality of life after treatment is for them.
The regional finalists will have their photographic documentary of a heart valve disease patient exhibited at the Houses of Parliament where a National Winner will be announced.
'Patient Portraits: Photos from the Heart' also provides a window for everyone involved to learn more about heart valve disease. This condition affects approximately 1.5 million people over the age of 65 in the UK.
"The Heart Valve Voice photography competition was an amazing experience for me." said 2018's overall winner Eric Etchart. "Getting to view Alan's [Tancred] active lifestyle and being able to capture his passion for dance was a privilege. It showed me that heart valve disease doesn't need to restrict how much fun you can have! Awareness of valve disease is an important step to getting back peoples' quality of life. I'm so happy that I was able to share these photographs and most importantly, Alan's story."