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Picture a world without stigma: Positive Image film and photo competition winners announced.

sam1The winners of Positive Image 2012, Sussex Partnership’s annual film and photography competition seeking to challenge the stigma around mental illness, have been announced to mark World Mental Health Day on 10 October.

The competition, now in its third year, is the Trust’s contribution to the Time To Change anti-stigma campaign, run by an alliance of mental health organisations including charities Mind and Rethink.

Positive Image 2012 attracted nearly 100 photo entries, and this year was the first where short films could also be submitted. Six winners were chosen – four by an expert judging panel and two by an online public vote – the People’s Choice category.

Each entrant was asked to write a short statement to explain how their film or photo addresses mental health stigma. 

Lisa Rodrigues, Chief Executive of Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and a member of the judging panel, said, “Every film or image tells its own story and symbolises something unique to its creator, but there is always an important underlying message running through them. 

"This is that mental illness can strike anyone at any time, and that sharing feelings and experiences can help a person’s recovery.  

"On behalf of Sussex Partnership, congratulations to all six prize winners and to all the other entrants. We are very proud to have run this competition.”

You can view the gallery at: www.sussexpartnership.nhs.uk/positiveimage

The full list of winners

Judging panel winners:

  • First place: ‘Sweetpeas in the Springtime’ by Stephen Goodwin (pictured above)

"Having a profound physical and learning disability and Bi-polar disorder does not mean that Stephen cannot enjoy the delights of nature. Stephen is able to be involved in planting and watering and enjoying the beautiful results."

  • Second place: ‘Van Gogh or what?’ by Andrew Voyce

"It's an iconic image in a service user version. I grew the flowers and made the vase, it's a unique take on this timeless picture from Vincent, and I'm proud of it."

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 People’s Choice winners:

  • First place: ‘Light inside’ by Harli Tree

"There is a light inside all of us, let's embrace it together."


  • Second place: ‘Out of place’ by Jason Ticehurst

"The feeling of being out of place due to the lack of acceptance by society, although sometimes where we are, though not the norm, is a good place to be at the time, ie a comfy chair on a stony beach."


Film category winners:

  • First place: 'Positive Image film' by Jason
  • Second place: ‘The bluntest pencil’ by Jack Egleton

All first prizes were Android tablets worth £70, all second prizes were MP3 players worth £50. Thanks to Sussex Partnership Charitable Funds.


Notes to editors

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust provides NHS mental health, specialist learning disability and substance misuse services across and beyond Sussex.

For more information or to request hi-res versions of the images please contact the Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust press office on 01903 843027 or positiveimage@sussexpartnership.nhs.uk

Time To Change has been described as “The most ambitious and cohesive campaign to reduce stigma and discrimination against people with mental health problems in England.” http://www.time-to-change.org.uk/

The Judging Panel

The entries were judged by Lisa Rodrigues, Sussex Partnership Chief Executive, Jim Holden, professional photographer, and Debbie Alred, Occupational Therapy Professional Lead.