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Livability: Delight as local man wins national photo competition

Chris Smith from the Links Day service in Brackley has won the Livability Photography Competition 2009.

The competition, run by the disability charity, attracted over 200 entries from Livability service users from around the UK. Chris wins an Olympus digital camera worth £500.

The Links Day Care Centre is a community based project for adults with learning disabilities, which works towards promoting independence and social inclusion.

Mandy Himpson, manager of the Links Day Care Centre, said:

"Chris is delighted to have won the Livability Photography Competition. His winning photo is called Rambling and it reminds him of a great day out."

Tom Goode, who headed up the Livability judging panel, said:

"This photo immediately stood out to us as something unique. It accurately conveyed the emotions of an autumnal walk with a good use of texture, bright colours and with excellent composition.

"We liked the fact that the photo leads you into a story it captures a familiar moment and yet leaves you wondering what that story is about. It was obvious to us that Chris Smiths entry was the clear winner."

Notes:

For media information contact Cathy McKenzie on 020 7452 2082 or pressoffice@livability.org.uk

Livability is the new name for merged charities John Grooms and the Shaftesbury Society, which provides care services and support to over 8,000 disabled children and adults throughout the UK.

Livability provides a range of services to support disabled people of all ages. Services include: tailored educational support, social development programmes and a range of housing solutions. Livability incorporates a wheelchair specialist housing association with properties countrywide.

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