A photograph which judges said captured the very essence of inclusion and the power of sport has won the inaugural Giving Tuesday photo competition.
Taken at Lord’s Cricket ground, the winning entry shows two young boys taking part in the Lord’s Taverners charity’s Super 1s programme, a national award-winning cricket scheme for young disabled people aged 12-25.
Giving Tuesday is the international day dedicated to charitable pursuits, be it donating, volunteering or raising money for charity. What began in America in 2012 as an antidote to the shopping day known as Black Friday, Giving Tuesday is run in the UK by the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) and now happens in over 60 countries.
The judging panel – BBC News photo editor Phil Coomes, MP Susan Elan Jones, and Head of Marketing at CAF Caroline Forbes – chose the winning entry from a shortlist of six images that sought to capture with a single image the very spirit of the charity they represent.
Commenting on the winning entry, Susan Elan Jones MP said: “This picture is the very definition of inclusion.”
CAF’s Caroline Forbes said: “All of the entries managed to tell a unique story of the power of charity – this winning shot somehow helped us share in the joy of this young man doing what he loves.”
The young man in the image, Sam Alderson, has a rare genetic condition called TAR syndrome and felt isolated at home before working with Lord’s Taverners, where he is now both a regular player and an accredited coach who works for the charity.
Lord’s Taverners Super 1s programme offers year-round cricket activity, allowing young people to benefit from everything that sport can give, including confidence, the value of teamwork and a sense of achievement. The charity also works with people from deprived areas to increase opportunities to regularly play sport, and empowers volunteers, coaches and teachers to deliver training sessions.
About the competition
The Charities Aid Foundation launched the Giving Tuesday photo competition to give our charity partners the chance to share the variety of incredible work they do and to encourage more people to support amazing causes. The winning image will feature on this year’s dedicated Giving Tuesday website in the UK.
Others shortlisted for the contest include: Chance for Childhood, which works with vulnerable children in Africa; Glass Door, a London-based homelessness charity that partners with churches to give shelter; the Royal Albert Hall, which delivers innovative education and outreach programmes; and Motivation, a charity which provides wheelchairs and services for disabled people in developing countries.
From L-R: Chance for Childhood, Glass Door, Royal Albert Hall, and Motivation
CAF would like to thank the judges and charities who took part in the contest.