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Judges Praise Inspirational Images of Progress

The winners of our national photography competition, Embracing Progress, were revealed in December 2015. The competition invited members of the public to enter inspirational photos featuring stories of personal achievement in overcoming disabilities to reach their goals. Irwin Mitchell and armed forces charity Walking With The Wounded asked for images in several different categories including ambition, independence, people and work/education.

Judging the entries were a panel of experts including Stuart Henderson, Managing Partner of the personal injury team at Irwin Mitchell; David Oldfield, Picture Editor at the Evening Standard; Paralympians Hannah Cockroft MBE and Giles Long MBE; Andrew Cook, Head of Fundraising at Walking With The Wounded; Arabella Dorman, a leading portrait painter and war artist; and Kevin Peake, Director of Group Sales and Marketing at Irwin Mitchell.

The judges chose Emma Rix’s entry as the overall winner, saying that her image portrayed beautifully the notions of inclusion, family support, adventure, and a strong willingness to explore and enjoy life. Stuart Henderson commented: “All of the entries were truly fantastic and embodied the strength and determination people show every single day to reach their goals.

“The competition had an important message – that every disabled person has the right to live their life and work towards their goals regardless of how big or small they may be – and the images we received really summed this message up perfectly.

“We had an incredibly difficult time narrowing down the entries and choosing a winner, but I feel Emma’s picture was a deserving winner of the overall award.

“We work with many disabled people who through specialist help, support and rehabilitation, along with a good helping of will and determination, have achieved remarkable milestones.”

We’re proud to showcase the inspirational winner and commended photos here, each truly capturing their own personal achievements. Read their background stories here.