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Social science photo winner announced


Social science photo winner announced

A black-and-white photograph depicting a brother and sister playing in the sand at Lytham Beach has been awarded the top prize at a national social science photo competition for 14-18 year olds.

Annwen Butler-Chattell, 15, was awarded the Overall Winner trophy at the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) ceremony on Tuesday (26 March), as well as £200 in vouchers. Butler-Chattell also took home a further £150 in vouchers and a trophy for winning the Better Relationships category.

The Better Lives competition was divided into five categories exploring important issues in the social sciences: Better Economy, Better Education, Better Environment, Better Health and Better Relationships. There were more than 506 images submitted by students from 160 places in the UK and the entrants came from a range of schools and colleges.

The winners were announced at an awards ceremony held at Espacio gallery in London and the winning photographs will be displayed in a special exhibition at the gallery which will run between 27 and 30 March.

Butler-Chattell says: “Every second and every aspect of a child's life is important. As a child grows, the relationships which they form shape and mould them into the person they become. The people they grow up with will have significant roles in their life – when these people are supportive, it will positively influence on the rest of the child's upbringing.”

The awards ceremony was hosted by Professor Paul Nightingale, Director of Strategy and Operations at ESRC, part of UK Research and Innovation.

He said: “The range of entrants to this year’s ESRC Photo Competition was extremely impressive and I have enjoyed speaking with winners and runners up tonight. I was delighted to host tonight’s ceremony and the entrants to the competition have demonstrated how social science research touches so many aspects of life from the economy to the environment.”

The five judges for the competition included Sophie Batterbury, iNews Pictures Editor; Phil Coomes, BBC Pictures Editor; Joanne Gallagher, former winner and student at York University; Professor Jane Falkingham, Professor of Demography and International Social Policy; and ESRC’s Nick Stevens.

For a full list of the winners and more information on the competition, visit the ESRC website.

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