Winners announced for first Dying Matters photographic competition

20 March 2017
Twelve winners have been announced for the first Dying Matters photographic competition. The competition challenged both professional and amateur photographers to produces images on the theme of “Celebrating Life in the Face of Death.”

The twelve were chosen out of 90 entries, and were first displayed at a reception at the House of Lords for the 25th anniversary of the National Council for Palliative Care.

Claire Henry is Chief Executive of Dying Matters. She said “it has been a really challenging and exciting competition. We had a lot of great entries, and it was hard for the judges to produce a shortlist. Everyone who entered was making a very personal statement about the death of someone dear to them, and so in the end the judges decided against choosing one single ‘best photo.’ Instead they want to let the 12 images stand as a selection of fantastic images, that together celebrate life and challenge us about how we respond to death and grief.”

Louise Quail was one of the judges, amd he said: "Having suffered loss and photographed loss, I can understand the importance that photography can play in helping us come to terms with losing our loved ones. When I think of my parents (who died in 2010, very close together) the memories are often linked to photographs I have. For me, at least, my memory is sparked by imagery, and photography, being a medium that is very well suited to exploring the passing of time,and is a natural partner to this process of remembering.
"As one of the judges for the Dying Matters photography competition, I believe the competition has been a brilliant vehicle for people trying to make sense of their own loss and bereavements. All the entrants should be commended for their emotional strength, and for their skill in revealing a visual narrative."

The judges were: Rankin, Lisa Pritchard, Louis Quail, Dr Tammy Angel, Jane Bywater, Jane Harris and Adam Golightly. The winning entries will form a travelling exhibition, and bookings for this are open now. Contact Miranda Ryan for details on 020 7697 1520.


  1. The winning images and entrants are available here:
  2. Hi-res versions are available on request.
  3. All entrants were asked to submit a short statement about the photo – please do not use any images without the accompanying text.

Photos of some of the winners with their images at the House of Lords are here:

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