A Day in the Life Exhibition Launch

On 5th October with the very kind support of Councillor Rob Freeth, Mayor of Hebden Royd, we launched the Day in the Life children’s photography exhibition in Hebden Bridge Town Hall, alongside many of our local supporters that we were grateful to see on a night of very rough weather!

In August we gave out single use cameras to 144 of the children that we support in Ekurhuleni. We asked them to document a day in their life around six broad topics: daybreak, playtime, home, neighbourhood, mealtime and night time. The results were really quite remarkable.

In total we received 258 photographs across 43 complete sets submitted by the children, providing us with a very personal insight into their lives. These were reviewed and judged by three professional photographers, who all found the job of finding the top six sets so very hard!

After telling the winners of their success we received five messages from them, which you can watch in this short film.

They are wonderful and thought-provoking photographs. As our Day in the Life judge and Patron, Jonathan Scott said:

“What a telling insight into young lives in SA. The importance of a roof over your head regardless of how makeshift it might be. A bowl of food and somewhere to rest your head. How much those things must be of comfort when life is tough.

Alongside that, the resilience - the smiles and laughter that help to buoy one's spirits in the bleakest of times and conditions. Not a hint of feeling sorry for oneself - how inspiring is that?”

You can also take a look through all 258 photographs on this link. They are really quite something – please do share if you can. The exhibition of the six winning sets is now on tour in the UK – if you have or know of a venue where you would like to see it displayed, please do drop us a line.