27 September 2013

‘Let’s Get Snapping for M.E!’ 2013 Photo Competition Winners Announced!

The ‘Let’s Do it for ME’ team came up with the idea of the ‘Let’s Get Snapping for M.E!’ last year when we were discussing plans to sell Christmas cards for the very first time. We wanted to go that extra mile and do something a little bit special and more relevant to ME than simply buying in stock images. In the end, we decided that it would be a really good idea to run this competition whereby those, particularly within the ME community, could make a contribution by sending in photos and have winning entries printed on our cards. We realised that this would be a great opportunity for ME sufferers in particular, whose talent often remains behind closed doors, to have the chance to be acknowledged and celebrated. There couldn’t be a more powerful and positive way to increase ME awareness whilst raising vital funds towards biomedical research into the disease.
The response to the competition has been simply amazing, with 215 photos entered and a staggering 2864 votes cast in our online poll; we couldn’t have asked or wished for more. The great success of the ‘Let’s Get Snapping for M.E.’ simply wouldn’t have been possible without your support and we would like to say a very big thank to everyone who got involved. We would also like to thank those that sent in and posted up messages of support and thanks. This means a great deal to us and makes all the hard work the team, many of whom have ME themselves, have put in behind the scenes worth it.

The standard of entries was particularly high again this year. This has made it difficult for everyone to choose which to vote for, but particularly so for Invest in ME, who had the unenviable task of judging the final stage by choosing ten winning photos from the twenty most voted in our Online Vote.

Each winner, to remind those that haven’t read our earlier posts, will have their photos printed up on our 2013 Christmas cards and receive a free mixed pack of cards featuring their photo. The cards will be sold in aid of Invest in ME’s biomedical research fund. We hope to have these available to purchase around mid October.

For those shortlisted entrants that missed out and to those who didn’t make the online vote don’t be disappointed. The team, as ever, has been coming up with lots of ideas and we have something very special lined up in the run up to Christmas. We’re keeping that strictly under wraps for the time being! We may be possibly branching out into other products too, so keep an eye out for updates!

We hope our competition inspires you in the coming months to dust off your cameras ready for next year’s competition. And with the continuing success of this competition it will definitely be a regular feature in our calendar and hopefully yours too! Here’s to an even bigger and better Let’s Get Snapping for M.E! in 2014. Let’s do it for ME!

So without further ado, as this the moment you’ve all been waiting for, ‘Let’s do it for ME’ can proudly announce the ten winners of ‘Let’s Snapping for M.E! 2013 Competition. (Entries appear in the order they featured in the Online Vote.)
Congratulations and well done!