Youmanity 2016 Award winner announced

28 April 2016

Competitions, Exhibitions

The winners of the Youmanity Photography Award 2016 have been announced. Photographers were asked to submit a series of three images showing the role of older people as active members of society. The winners were: Elise Jacob (1st); Francesco Ruffoni (2nd) and Abhijit Chakraborty (3rd).

YOUMANITY Photography Award is an annual competition open to anyone with an interest in photography and participants are judged on a three-image essay. Judging the submissions were: Anne Williams, Director of Photography, London College of Communication; Cristobal Catalan, Creative Director, Liminal Senses Productions; Michael Pritchard, Director-General, The Royal Photographic Society; Marco Delogu, Director, Italian Cultural Institute, London; and Roger Tooth, Head of Photography, The Guardian.

Speaking for the Jury, Dr Michael Pritchard, Director-General of The Royal Photographic Society commented: “The Youmanity photography award saw a diverse range of entries which explored aging and the role of older people in society. The standard was good with the ability to produce a series of three strong images separating the winners from the rest.

The overall winner Fashionistas by Elise Jacob looked at older people and fashion – a subject usually associated with the young. The second prize by Francesco Ruffoni depicted the hobby of pigeon racing by 'Alido' whose passion is transmitted to a new generation of homing pigeon trainers; and with a set of black and white images Abhijit Chakraborty revealed a collector's love for discarded mechanical objects, which he repairs for a new lease of life."

The finalists’ photographic works will be showcased in a group exhibition until 4 June 2016 at King's College's Guy's Campus, Henriette Raphael Building, London, SE1 1UL

YOUMANITY is a non-profit organisation based in London, promoting the importance of cultural diversity and social inclusion. The organisation’s commitment to developing an international cultural dialogue is reflected in the annualPhotographic Award which aims to raise awareness on current socio-economic themes (

Image: © Elise Jacob. Elise and Caroline Rueda, fashionistas from the 1950s, show us that life can be lived with fun and playfulness at any age