Katherine Kuyt // North West

Those with heart valve disease should be able to live, not just survive. For me that is; being able to spend time with family and those you love, laughing and sharing experiences, and being able to see the world and explore new places. Doing what you love with those you love! Life with heart valve disease can sometimes feel like it is full of limitations, but I would love to show that patients can still live life well. I love photography, especially catching heartfelt candid moments and new experiences. I am also passionate about heart valve disease and improving quality of life for patients. I am studying for my PhD, researching the recovery of the heart after aortic valve surgery. Photographing the life of a heart valve patient has allowed me to combine these and has been a joy. As has meeting, and becoming friends with, Marina.

Competition timings

Submission Deadline: 02 April 2018

Regional selection: May 2018

Regional finalists photography documentary creation: May 2018 to August 2018

National final and exhibit at House of Parliament: Autumn 2018

National finalists tour: Autumn 2018