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Harrogate charity launches competition to promote diversity

Harrogate charity launches competition to promote diversity

Published at 4:01pm 5th May 2017.

A Harrogate charity has launched a 'positive images of disability' photography competition for children.

Disability Action Yorkshire is encouraging youngsters at primary and senior schools across the district to take up the challenge and capture images which portray disability in an encouraging and optimistic light.

All of the photos will be displayed at an exhibition hosted by St Peter's Church in Harrogate next month, helping to mark the charity's eight decades of supporting and championing disabled people.

Jackie Snape, Chief Executive of Disability Action Yorkshire, said: "This year, our charity is 80, and we are marking this milestone with a number of key events, including a celebration dinner in September and a photo exhibition which will include images captured by young people in the area.

"The brief for the competition is very simple - and yet very wide. A positive image of disability can be anything from a wheelchair access ramp to disabled people participating in sport or other activities.

"The aim of the competition is promote and celebrate the positive side of diversity, and to also think about what else could be done to make society more inclusive for disabled people."

The competition is being split into two age groups; 11 and under, and 12 to 16.

The winner of each category will receive a £50 voucher from a retailer of their choice, in addition to both winning images being captured on canvas, courtesy of Max Spielmann in Harrogate.

Images, together with the entrant's name, age and contact details, need to be e-mailed to no later than Sunday 7 May.