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‘A Picture is worth a thousand words’ book launch

‘A Picture is worth a thousand words’ book launch

Two foster siblings from Middlesbrough have been named the winners of a national photography competition, launched by Fostering People, a collection of best photos from the competition feature in this new book launched on 19th August to coincide with World Photo Day.

12 year old twins, Molly and Tyler’s photograph, ‘Our Fantastic Life’, was chosen by professional photographer, Chris Gilbert, for its abstract portrayal of freedom and calmness.

With an aim to inspire positive impact in communities across the world through the power of photography, World Photo Day invites people to submit and celebrate their best and most impactful pictures.

As part of this, we invited foster children and birth children to depict family life or foster care, without the use of people, in order to demonstrate the positive effect foster care has on so many young people.

Molly commented: “Our photograph represents all of our bad memories floating away. The bubbles represent the freedom in our lives, the sea is washing away the bad feelings that we have felt in the past and the sky is how calm our lives are now and how clear the future looks.”

Upon selecting the winning picture, Chris Gilbert said: “Tyler and Molly’s photo is a great abstract. The disembodied bubbles illustrate the scene behind. The eye jumps back and forward between the bubbles and the sea, exploring the picture.”

To celebrate the effort and imagination that went into the competition, we have produced a photobook anthology of all the children’s entries.

Oliver Kirkland, our registered manager concluded: “Children can use creativity to explain a wide variety of emotions and we wanted to celebrate this using World Photo Day as the perfect backdrop. The children’s imaginations flourished, with each young person giving an explanation of their image and how it represents their experience of fostering.

“We were so moved by so many of the entries that we decided to compile a book which illustrates the positive effects of foster care on so many young people, including children feeling safe, experiencing firsts such as a family holiday and above all having fun and being children.”

Download your copy of ‘A picture is worth a thousand words’ here.