Photo winners put focus on Leeds charity appeal

Neil Vary's winning photo of Leeds Dock.
Neil Vary's winning photo of Leeds Dock.
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Charity chiefs in Leeds are feeling snap happy after photography competition winners backed a bid to raise thousands of pounds to help the city’s young carers.

As previously reported by the Yorkshire Evening Post, the Leeds Community Foundation (LCF) charity is aiming to raise £4,000 for good causes that let carers take well-deserved breaks with other unsung heroes of their own age.

Now it has been announced that people making donations to the appeal can choose to receive ‘rewards’ in the shape of photobooks, picture stamps and postcards.

They will feature images that were offered to the LCF for use by the three winners and seven shortlisted entrants from the hugely-successful YEP-backed My Leeds In Focus photo competition.

LCF chief executive Sally-Anne Greenfield said: “Due to the pressures placed on young carers, their educational and social development can be significantly affected, as well as their mental health and wellbeing.

“One of the ways to support young carers is peer support which is crucial in helping them grow in confidence and meet with other young people who are going through the same things.

“We are extremely grateful to everyone who has supported the campaign to date, but we still need more people to get involved to reach our online target.”

The deadline for online donations to the young carers appeal is 5pm on Tuesday, November 10.

Donations can be made by PayPal or credit or debit card via the crowdfunding site

The LCF’s inaugural My Leeds in Focus competition attracted nearly 300 entries.

Neil Vary, Basil Parylo and Leanne Ballance were named winners last month while the shortlisted entrants were Jonathan Straight, David Enyori, Helen Maycock, Andrew Johnson, Nika Kapustina, Anestis Saraliotis and Andrew Ramsay.

Entries could be old or new and of any subject, as long as they were taken in the LS postcode area.

The competition’s judging panel included the YEP’s Gerard Binks and professional Leeds photographers Jonathan Turner and Peter Mitchell.