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BMJ 2017; 358 doi: (Published 13 September 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;358:j4241
  1. Alison Shepherd
  1. The BMJ

This photograph, entitled Sorrow, has been awarded first prize in Flash Points, a competition organised to spark innovative ideas concerning public health.

The winners of the competition―organised by the Royal Society for Public Health and the Royal Photographic Society―were revealed at last week’s RSPH annual meeting. All the photographs portray health at different stages of life, with images capturing thoughts and emotions around many topics, including body image, sexual health, bereavement, vaccination, puberty, and alcohol harm.

In her submission, photographer Natasa Balogh said that her image captured the “deep compassion and sorrow” in the relationship of a mother and daughter after many years of caring. The mother, 97, had had dementia for many years and was cared for by her daughter.

At the launch of the competition Shirley Cramer, RSPH’s chief executive, said, “RSPH is always seeking new, innovative ways in which to stimulate creative thinking around the public’s health. We’re excited to see how the photographers capture health through the lens, exploring both the visible and subtle ways in which physical and mental health can impact individuals.”

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