Don is one of the world's most recognised photojournalists and started his career as an aerial photographer for the RAF whilst on national service. From 1964 to 1984 he covered battlefields in Cyprus, the Congo, Biafra, Vietnam, Cambodia, Bangladesh, El Salvador, and the Middle East, becoming one of history's great war photographers.
Don's work now focuses on landscapes in Britain and India, as well as the African continent. The winner of numerous awards, including two Premier Awards from the World Press Photo, in 1992 he became the only photojournalist to be made Commander of the British Empire (CBE).
In 2006, Don received the Cornell Capa Award by the International Center for Photography in New York for his lifetime contribution to photography
Aaqil Ahmed is Head of Commissioning – Religion TV and Head of Religion and Ethics at the BBC since 2009. He is also a Professor in Professional Practice at Middlesex University.
Aaqil joined the BBC from Channel 4 where for more than six years he was Commissioning Editor for Religion and Head of Multicultural Programming.
From 2000 to 2003 Aaqil was employed by the BBC's Religion and Ethics department as Deputy Editor of Documentaries, where he worked on a number of projects. He has directed and produced numerous programmes, one-off documentaries and news event specials for the BBC.
Aaqil has a keen interest in photography having studied the subject at the University of Westminster.
The Revd. Dr David Cornick has been General Secretary of Churches Together in England since 2008.
Churches Together in England is the national body set up by the churches in 1990, and has partner bodies in Scotland, Wales and Ireland and has 32 Member Churches or Councils of Churches and 27 Bodies in Association at a national level.
David is a United Reformed Church minister and before his current appointment, served the United Reformed Church as General Secretary for seven years. Prior to that, David worked in theological education and is a Fellow of Robinson College, Cambridge.
For more information please visit www.cte.org.uk
Paresh Solanki is a specialist on social innovation projects via the application of media ideas and technology. His projects have won a diverse range of awards in the field of television documentaries and features; events production; design; community relations, and talent development.
Parish was a senior executive at the BBC where he held a number of respected roles including Executive Producer, Editor of BBC Asian programmes and Managing Editor for BBC Birmingham. After leaving the BBC, he worked with the Council of Europe as a Media Expert. He became Assistant Director of the Inter Faith Network for the UK where he helped create the national Inter Faith Week. Paresh currently works with various NGOSs, private and public sector organisations providing expertise in developing all aspects of development from fund raising to communications and marketing.
Paresh is a Fellow of the Royal Television Society (RTS) and a Fellow of the Institute of Leadership and Development. He is a Trustee of the Media Diversity Institute and the Sanford St Martin Trust Awards for religious broadcasting. Paresh is a member of BAFTA, RTS and the British Psychological Society.
In the last decade, Hazel has taken up assignments worldwide in over 40 countries for media organisations such as The New York Times, The Guardian, Stern Magazine, ABC News, Vogue, FIVE News, The Sunday Times, Observer Magazine, Le Monde 2 and Politiken.
Hazel applies her skill, and her passion, to photograph and film injustice and prejudice; telling powerful stories and creating global awareness around social and humanitarian issues.
Hazel has also been engaged by The British Council to represent the best of British Photojournalism as an arts ambassador to Burma, Uzbekistan, Denmark and Vietnam. This relationship evolved into a commission for her to document the role of women in Qatar and Bahrain as part of an international arts project called ‘My Father’s House’ which toured the Gulf and UK.
Hazel is also a highly acclaimed speaker, workshop facilitator and judge for a wide variety of conferences, festivals and competitions around the world.
For more on Hazel please visit www.hazelthompson.com
Stuart is a Non-Executive Director of Congregational & General Insurance.
Stuart is a keen amateur photographer and has an interest in the Arts. He is actively involved with his local church, where he keenly supports charitable and community work.
This includes being a Youth Leader, Church Secretary and Elder for over 25 years, as well as now working with the local district committee of Christian Aid.
Faith Through A Lens Photography Competition 2016 (Competition) Terms and Conditions
1. The promoter of this Competition is Congregational & General Insurance plc (a company registered in England and Wales with company number 00093688), with registered office at Currer House, Currer Street, Bradford, BD1 5BA (CGI).
2. These terms and conditions are the Competition rules (Rules).
3. By entering the Competition, entrants agree to be bound by these Rules.
4. CGI reserves the right to cancel the Competition or amend these Rules at any time without prior notice.
5. In the event of any dispute regarding the Rules or the Competition, the decision of CGI shall be final and no correspondence or discussion shall be entered into.
6. To qualify to enter the Competition the entrant must be at least 16 years old and resident in the United Kingdom.
7. The Competition will run on www.faiththroughalens.co.uk (the Website) from 31 May 2016 midnight until 03 October 2016 midnight. Entries received after that date will not be considered.
8. Prior to submission, entrants must not have offered any of their entries for sale, been paid for any publication of any of their entries, or won or been runner-up in any other photographic competition with any of their entries.
9. Employees of CGI or any company, organisation or body involved in the Competition or any such company’s subsidiary or associated companies, agents, members of employees’ families or households or any other persons directly or indirectly connected with the Competition are not eligible to enter the Competition. CGI reserves the right to verify the eligibility of all entrants.
10. The Competition is only open to amateur photographers. By this we mean that entrants should not earn more than 10% of their total annual income or £5,000 annually from photography.
11. By entering the Competition, the entrant hereby warrants that all information submitted by the entrant is true, current and complete.
12. CGI assumes (and the entrant warrants) that by entering the Competition via post or the Website, the entrant has legal capacity to enter the Competition and agree to the Rules (i.e. that the entrant is of sufficient age and mental capacity and is entitled to be legally bound in contract).
13. CGI reserves the right to disqualify any entrant if it has reasonable grounds to believe the entrant has breached any of the Rules.
14. A maximum of 2 photographs may be submitted per entrant into the Competition.
15. By entering the Competition entrants must agree that they have sought the necessary approvals and consent in writing from parents or guardians of any children likely to be featured in the photographs or any promotional material.
16. Entry is free but entrants should be aware that they will incur postage costs when submitting a postal entry and may be subject to call charges depending on their own individual arrangements for internet access.
17. Entries may be submitted via the Website, or by post to the following address: Faith Through A Lens Photography Competition, Congregational & General Insurance plc, Currer House, Currer Street, Bradford
18. The 10 shortlisted finalists will be invited to attend an awards presentation in central London on Wednesday 16 November 2016, where the winners will be announced. Each finalist may bring 1 guest. It is a condition of entry to the Competition that all finalists will be required to participate in the publicity associated with the awards ceremony.
19. If a finalist is not able to attend the awards ceremony, he or she may ask another person to attend on his or her behalf.
20. The Competition prizes:
There will be 3 winners of the Competition: an overall winner and two highly commended winners. The prizes will be photographic or audio visual equipment, specified by CGI (at its absolute discretion). The overall winner will receive up to £1,000 worth of audio visual and / or photographic equipment; the two highly commended winners will each receive up to £850 worth of audio visual and / or photographic equipment.
Up to £1,000 worth of audio visual and / or photographic equipment will be given to each winner’s nominated charity, faith or community group. The winners’ nominated charity, faith or community group must be a UK registered charity.
21. There is no cash prize alternative.
22. The winners’ names will be published on the Website and will also be available by writing to: Faith Through A Lens Photography Competition, Congregational & General Insurance plc, Currer House, Currer Street, Bradford BD1 5BA, 40 days after the closing date.
23. By entering, entrants confirm that they hold copyright to the submitted entries. Entrants will retain copyright in their submitted entries. However, by entering, entrants grant CGI a worldwide royalty-free licence to edit, crop, re-size, publish and use each entry in any and all media (including print and online) for publicity and marketing purposes related to the promotion of this competition for a period of no more than 5 years. In exercising the rights granted by such licence, CGI will acknowledge that the entries are the work of the entrant in all cases.
a) Copyright belongs to the photographer b) where an image is used the photographer will be credited c) Images will only be used by the promoter / Nikon in connection with promotion of the competition for a period of no more than five years.
24. By entering the Competition, entrants agree to the storage of their details on CGI’s database and may be contacted by CGI by phone or mail in the future about its products and services.
25. CGI cannot accept any responsibility for any damage, loss, injury or disappointment suffered by any entrant entering the Competition or as a result of acceptance or non-acceptance of any prize.
26. The Competition and these Rules will be governed by English Law and any disputes shall be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the English courts.
You can get in touch with us by:
Faith Through a Lens Photography Competition,
13 Currer Street,
01274 700 700
Your entry number is: 0000000
Your picture (shown opposite) will appear in the gallery on this website within the next two working days.
You should also receive an email confirming your entry and some important dates for your diary should your entry be successful. Please keep this email safe.
If you experience any problems please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note we are only able to respond to queries during office hours Monday – Friday 9.00 am – 5.00 pm.
A maximum of 2 photographs may be submitted per entrant into the competition.