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MyLondon Homeless Photo Judging

Blog post   •   Jul 14, 2016 11:55 BST

Professional photographers and representatives from London's homelessness sector community chose the MyLondon exhibition yesterday in preparation for the annual exhibition and calendar.

The social enterprise engaged 105 people affected by homelessness in the first week of July when they picked up disposable cameras and took photos of London over five days.

The project engages people through photography and from October they will sell the MyLondon calendar in London markets. Last year's calendar inspired other projects around the world, with MySydney and MyBudapest happening this month. 

Last year's calendar sold 6,000 copies in over 50 countries. 

The profits go into engaging people affected by homelessness though art and photography. The participants are also engaged in selling the calendar, gaining confidence and self esteem  through the work experience.

Caption for photo below: Paul Ryan from Cafe Art coordinated the judging process. The judges were (from left to right): Kit Shah from London Photo Festival, David Tovey, former homeless artist, Chris Cheesman from Amateur Photographer magazine, director general of The Royal Photographic Society Dr Michael Pritchard, well known photographer and former Sun photo editor Ken Lennox, Christies, Olivia Wallace from Christie's and Jeannie Corby from FujiFilm.

The judges chose 20 images from 5,000 entered into the competition.

The exhibition will be held in Spitalfields Arts Market from 1-7 August and the calendar will be launched online on 4 August. The actual calendar will be available from 10 October 2016, World Homelessness Day.

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