The May Photography Competition Winner is… Hannah Laycock

The fourth PhotoVoice photography competition in partnership with Professional Photography magazine, was inspired by an image from PhotoVoice project ‘Mental Wealth. Photographers were asked to submit up to six images inspired by the theme ‘Obscure’. Photographer, Lewis Bush selected Hannah Laycock as the winner. 

How did you get started in Photography?

My interest in photography began when I was a teenager photographing my friends.  I quickly learned that I could get quicker creative results from a camera compared to other creative mediums such as drawing or painting.  My Art and Design teacher at high school encouraged my interest by letting me use the darkroom in my own time as extra curricular studies – there wasn’t a photography-specific class in those days. Later at college, I compeleted a GCSE in Photography.  My lecturer was another positive influence, giving me the confidence to go onto developing my photographic career.

Tell us a bit more about your winning image and the series that it is from

This image is part of my ‘Awakenings’ series.  The work as a whole looks at my feelings of uncertainty, fear, loss and liberation, intuitively delving into and questioning the notion of neurological ‘lack’. In the hope for clarity in the pronouncement and acceptance of my Multiple Sclerosis diagnosis and the impact on past, present and future.


© Hannah Laycock, Untitled 02, from the Awakenings series


What do you think the future for your photography will be?

The latter part of 2017 and 2018 are set to be more collaborative with regard to projects that are due to develop during this time. With them, I hope to reach wider audiences with regards to my MS-related projects.  Additionally, I aim to create work that isn’t related to MS, but looks at some of the themes that run throughout all my projects such as identity, fragility, image and desire, and power relations between subject and observer.

Are there any other up and coming photographers that you think people should know about?

Sarah Amy Fishlock and her project ‘Beloved Curve‘ is definitely one to know about.  Her work explores the relationship between the individual and wider social, historical and political realities, the tension between individual and familial identity, and the problematic nature of memory.

How did you hear about PhotoVoice and how do you think your work relates our vision and mission?

I came across PhotoVoice when I was at the University of Brighton studying for my BA (Hons) Photography degree. My work relates to Photovoice in the sense that I use photography as a way to bring something positive out of a negative; to represent myself in order to tell my story.

The July PhotoVoice photography competition is now open! Find out more and submit your images here. 

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