Youmanity Winner announced

15 November 2018


Sujan Sarkar has won the 2018 The Youmanity Photography Award with his reportage on Mukul Roy. A labourer from West Bengal, India, Mr Roy had relocated to Rajasthan to work in a stone-crushing plant when his right leg became stuck in a machine and had to be amputated. Unemployed, Mr Roy returned to West Bengal where he learned to make handicrafts he proudly sells at the market.

The Youmanity annual photography competition is open to anyone with an interest in photography and participants are judged on a three-image essay which this year was themed ‘This-Ability’. Photographers worldwide were invited to submit images that celebrated the story, uniqueness and character of their models rather than their disability.

The second and third places were awarded to Sergey Kolesnikov, a Russian photographer who  reported on the life of ‘Andrey’ who despite a brain injury, leads a reasonably self-sufficient life in Smolensk, Russia; and Marco Mariani, with an essay on Francesco Messori whose disability did not prevent him from becoming captain of the Italian amputee soccer Team.                       

The judges in 2018 were Aris Kourkoumelis - Photographic Historian, Brandei Estes - Head of Photography, Sotheby’s, Francesca Filippini - Head of Development, Photographers’ Gallery, Mike Birbeck FRPS FDP - President, Disabled Photographers' Society, Neil Kenlock - Social documentary photographer, Simon Tovee - Chair MPS Disability Staff Association.

A selection of the finalists’ photographic works will be showcased in a group exhibition curated by Elisa Canossa to be held at London City Hall on 3rd December 2018 to coincide with International Day of Disabled Persons.

Youmanity is a non-profit organisation based in London promoting the importance of cultural diversity and social inclusion.