Glasgow woman wins national photography competition with stunning photo

Theresa Wakely
Theresa Wakely

· Theresa Wakely from Glasgow beat hundreds of others to win CEWE Photoworld’s My Inspiring Moments competition

· Competition aimed to raise awareness of the mental health benefits of taking meaningful photos in a world of fast photography and selfies

Theresa's winning image.

Theresa's winning image.

· Theresa’s photo and others are being compiled into a calendar to raise money for mental health charity Mind

A Glasgow woman has won a nationwide competition to find the most inspiring moments that have been captured on camera in the UK, with her winning image set to appear in a calendar which is raising money for mental health charity Mind.

Theresa Wakeley was one of hundreds who entered the My Inspiring Moments competition launched by photobook and print specialist CEWE Photoworld in conjunction with mental health charity Mind.

The UK competition, which was part of the world’s largest photography competition – the CEWE Photo Award 2019 – aimed to bring the joy back into photography, asking entrants to share their most treasured memories and inspiring moments they had ever captured on camera.

It came after research discovered that 1 in 5 people now take the majority of their photos to portray a certain image on social media – with a quarter (24%) of people stating that aiming to get a good photo to share on social media had made them stressed and anxious in the past.

Theresa’s winning photograph of wild horses in Iceland was selected as one of the final 12 images by judge photographer Julian Calverley, who was stunned by the poignant moment Theresa managed to capture on camera.

Theresa said: “I was delighted to be chosen as one of the winners of the CEWE My Inspiring Moments competition. I took this photo on a trip to Iceland earlier this year, and I think it captures the wild landscape and beauty of the country perfectly. I’m looking forward to seeing the finished calendar and helping to raise money for a fantastic cause.”

Theresa, along with 11 other winners, will have their images compiled into a calendar which will be sold online at CEWE Photoworld, with £5 from the sale of each calendar going to mental health charity Mind.

Clare Moreton, digital marketing director at CEWE Photoworld, commented: “Our research found that while people are taking more photos than at any other time in history, the pressure to post our lives on social media has taken away the joy of photography for photography’s sake. The CEWE My Inspiring Moments competition aimed to bring the joy back into photography as an art form, asking people to share the photos that make them feel inspired and optimistic about the world we live in, and Theresa’s photo was a perfect example of this.

“It was a delight to see all the amazing entries we received from people across the country and it was difficult selecting just 12 photos to win out of hundreds of entries. We are looking forward to publishing our winners’ photos in our charity calendar and raising much deserved funds for Mind, which does great work in ensuring no one has to face mental health problems alone.”

To purchase CEWE’s Inspiring Moments calendar, published in conjunction with Mind, go to: CEWE-Photoworld

The CEWE Photo Award 2019 competition is still open for entries. Submit yours before May, 31 2019 to be in with a chance of winning great prizes: EWE Photo Award 2019 competition