The Royal College of Nursing has announced the shortlist for its Care on Camera photography competition, which forms part of its centenary celebrations.
Held in association with the Royal Photographic Society, the competition was open to all levels of photographer who were asked to submit images that captured what it is like to be a nurse in 2016.
“It emphasised to me the range of skills – technical and emotional – that they bring to their role”
The RCN received more than 800 entries, from which a judging panel selected the final shortlist, along with the winners of gold, silver and bronze awards.
The RCN said the public would now be given the opportunity to vote for the winner of the “People’s Choice” award, which is open to all 50 shortlisted entries.
The winners and several special commendations will be announced at RCN congress in Glasgow this June.
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All 50 shortlisted images will then form a touring exhibition which will travel through schools, libraries, and various health settings around the UK.
The judges included RCN chief executive and general secretary Janet Davies, BBC journalist Huw Edwards, RPS director-general Dr Michael Pritchard and NHS Employers chief executive Danny Mortimer, along with RCN members Vianne Britten and Jess Moorhouse.
Ms Davies said she was “very impressed” by the quality of the entries and looked forward to announcing the winners at the college’s annual conference.
“This competition is an excellent opportunity to celebrate the work of UK nursing staff during the RCN’s centenary year – and to recognise the impact nursing staff make every day to their patients, their colleagues and their communities,” she said.
Dr Pritchard added: “The judging process was a great opportunity for me to learn more about nursing in 2016 and to see some great photography.
“All the entries to Care on Camera highlighted to me the different people who are nurses and the range of roles they undertake and, although my sister is a nurse, it emphasised to me the range of skills – technical and emotional – that they bring to their role – usually with a smile,” he said.
Visit the RCN’s competition website to view the shortlist of 50 and take part in the public vote.
The competition was sponsored by NHS Employers.