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Winning photographs chosen for new Northumbria hospital

Friday, 03 July, 2015
Winning photographs chosen for new Northumbria hospital

The winning images in a competition to find photographs to be displayed in Northumberland’s new hospital dedicated to emergency care have been announced.

From almost 1,000 entries, a panel of judges selected the winners of Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust’s first photography competition which will be exhibited in key locations in the Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital.

The overall winner, and winner of the Northumbria Coastline category, was Bill Stephens’ image of a man and a boy flying a kite on the beach at Bamburgh Castle.

An image of a puffin by Mark Slavin and one of guillemots by Simmy were joint winners of the wildlife, animals and nature category.

The local scenes and landscapes category also had joint winners – the beach huts at Blyth in the snow by Paul White and a corn field by Simon Gakhar.

Lea O’Connor won the objects close up (keep people guessing!) category with Kristian Young’s patriotic image winning ‘things that make you smile’.

The images will help people find their way to wards and departments at the new Northumbria hospital, which treats people who are seriously ill or injured from across Northumberland and North Tyneside.

The competition was part of the trust’s long-standing healing arts programme which uses art as a therapeutic medium to improve the hospital environment for patients, visitors and staff.

The programme has already seen a large mobile – ‘A Murmuration of Starlings’ – installed in the main entrance of the Northumbria hospital with an external sculpture and community embroidery to be unveiled.

Brenda Longstaff, head of arts and the patient environment at Northumbria Healthcare, said: “We had a phenomenal response to our first photography competition and would like to thank everyone for their interest in our new hospital and for taking the time to enter.

“The judges had an extremely difficult task choosing the winners because of the extremely high quality of the entries. Due to the competition’s success, we will certainly look a running another one in the future.

“These images will not only look amazing when displayed in the new hospital they will make such a difference to patients who are receiving treatment and loved ones who are visiting them.

“We’re passionate about improving the hospital environment, and know from the success of photographs at our other hospitals, that it is an extremely powerful means of creating an uplifting atmosphere while providing important talking points.”

Northumbria Healthcare’s arts steering group and award-winning photographer Ikuko Tsuchiya judged the images. Ikuko is no stranger to the trust having documented a year in the trust in 2004 and produced ‘images of trust’.

Ikuko said: “I was very impressed by both the quality and quantity of the photographs which were submitted for this competition.

“There were many unique and original images which reflect the fact that there are many enthusiastic, passionate and artistic photographers in the region.”

The winners are going to be presented with their prizes later this month. For all the images from the winners and runners-ups, visit here.

The new Northumbria hospital is the first purpose-built dedicated emergency care hospital in England. It has emergency care consultants on site 24 hours a day, seven days a week with consultants in a broad range of conditions also available every day to speed up specialist care for patients.

It is part of Northumbria Healthcare’s innovative new model of emergency care which will help save more lives and improve clinical outcomes for more patients across Northumberland and North Tyneside.