Social Enterprise day a picture of good business health

Fifteen and Upstream pictured as winners of social enterprise photography competition.

By News Desk
20th November 2008 at 13:23

Social Enterprise day photography competition - Fifteen chefsThe winners of a striking photography competition which highlights the breadth and positive impact that social enterprises can achieve have been announced today.

From old ladies enjoying African drumming to young people from disadvantaged backgrounds rolling gnocchi in Jamie Oliver inspired restaurant Fifteen, the photographs bring to life social enterprise in the UK on a day dedicated to the sector as part of Enterprise Week.

Silver-drummers from Upstream - social enterprise photography stars

Beating the drum for social enterprise

The awards held by the Social Enterprise Coalition were presented by Kevin Brennan, minister for the Third Sector and judged by the Coalition’s social enterprise ambassadors.

The winning photo of silver-haired African drumming was taken by a staff mentor at Upstream, a Devon social enterprise that aims to overcome social exclusion among older people in rural communities.

The ladies pictured include a former local teacher, a farmer and a former pub landlady.

Simon Goodenough, director of Upstream, said:

The award highlights the huge value of a stimulating and creative approach to genuine social enterprise, in which people take control of their own health and happiness, and in which local solutions are seen to be the answer in tackling much wider issues.

The runner-up photo was taken by David Kapay a former sous-chef at Fifteen London.

Both photographs will be featured in the next edition of the Big Issue and will also take their place as gallery exhibits in January at London’s Contemporary Urban Centre.

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