From left: Tom Molloy, DPS; Jacqui Jones, Mobility Choice; Ben Newnham, 12-18's winner; Jon Warner, Calumet MD; Sue Geary, over 18s winner.

From left: Tom Molloy, DPS; Jacqui Jones, Mobility Choice; Ben Newnham, 12-18’s winner; Jon Warner, Calumet MD; Sue Geary, over 18s winner.

The winners of the 2013 ‘On the Move’ national competition for disabled photographers have been announced at the NEC during The Photography Show.

The competition, now in its third year, is jointly organised by Mobility Choice, the charity responsible for delivering The Mobility Roadshow, and the Disabled Photographers’ Society (DPS). Entries were received from enthusiastic photographers located all over the UK and with a variety of disabilities.

With the theme focusing on ‘Travel and Leisure’ this year, the organisers received a high number of impressive and engaging images depicting days out, holidays, sports, transport and local and international destinations. The standard was so high, the panel of expert judges had to overcome significant challenges to select a winner for each of three age categories.

The overall winning images were showcased at The Photography Show and were taken by:
·       Sue Geary from Bristol, over 18
·       Ben Newnham from Southport, aged 12
·       Archie West from Devon, aged 9

The impressive winners’ prize packages included Calumet photographic accessories and vouchers and a Merlin Annual Pass for a disabled person and carer. This pass now gives the three winners entry to a range of top UK attractions such as the London Eye, Legoland Windsor and Madame Tussauds for 12 months. Sue, Ben and Archie also won £150 in cash.

Announcing the winners at The Photography Show, Calumet Managing Director, Jon Warner commented: “I am delighted that Calumet is associated with this annual competition which promotes the accessibility of photography to anyone with a disability. We have seen some excellent entries in the three years since it began and we look forward to continuing our support in future.”

Jacqui Jones of Mobility Choice added: “Once again I have been overwhelmed by the talent demonstrated by so many of the On the Move entrants. The three winners thoroughly deserve their prizes and I look forward to judging this year’s competition which will, I’m sure, include even more superb compositions.”

The winning and short-listed entries will be on public display later in the year at Calumet Photographic in central London – dates will be posted on the DPS and Mobility Roadshow websites shortly.

Details of On the Move 2014 will be announced later in the year. On the Move is generously supported by Calumet, Merlin Entertainments, the Mouth & Foot Painting Artists and Future Publishing.