Launched in 2019, the #BrainLifeGoals campaign is raising awareness of the impact of neurological diseases by exploring the dreams and aspirations of those affected by them.
New Year is a time when it is traditional in many parts of the world to resolve to makes changes for the better, or to accomplish a personal goal. As part of the #BrainLifeGoals campaign EFNA ran a photo competition on this theme, with participants invited to submit photographs that reflected their own goal for the future.
77 photographs were received from 16 different countries. These pictures represent each photographer’s goals for the future, as a person affected by neurological disorder. A big thank you to everyone who entered.
Pictures were of a very high standard, making judging a difficult task. Thank you to our judging panel for giving such careful consideration to all entries. Our judges were:
- Tomislav Goll, Secretary General of EAMDA (European Association of Neuromuscular Disorders Association)
- Dominic Graham, Operations Manager at EPDA (European Parkinson’s Disease Association)
- Grainne Crowley, Head Patient Advocacy Europe and Canada, Biogen
- Stephanie Ribbe, Global Head Patient Advocacy Neuroscience at Novartis
- John Hyland, Real One Media
- Isabelle Pateer, Isabelle Pateer Photography
Due to a tie in scores we have added a fifth runner up to our prize winners!
Congratulations to our first-place winner, Josef Hinterleitner (Austria), and to our runners-up:
Susan Bagust (Australia), Zoe Olivia Bradley (United Kingdom), Paul Stevenson (United Kingdom), Liliana Vezetiu (Romania) and Filipa Monteiro (Portugal).
Check out their winning entries below!
To see all the other great photos entered in the competition click here.
First place (€500 prize):
“Karin’s best friend Aischa has MS, but despite the disability they are a heart and a soul.”
Runners-up (€250 prize each):
“I was diagnosed with a rare neurological movement disorder called Dystonia back in 2014 which over time has affected my ability to do everyday tasks.I am not just a drop in the ocean. I want to make a splash and let be felt around the world.
“This is the Broken Road in Castleton in the Peak District. I feel that this reflects my brain life goal because the broken road is twisted, snapped and buckled. This once sinuous strip of black tarmac has been contorted into the most unimaginable shapes and structures. I feel like this is what my journey has been like since being diagnosed with MS. The broken road is one of the most popular walking destinations for cyclists and walkers in the area and at the end of the road is one of the most spectacular views in the area. I will make sure that whilst I do not know what my journey is, and although the rocky and bumpy road for me may be different, it is certainly not broken”
“My dream, life goal (#BrainLifeGoals) is to travel the world in a campervan like the one in the image, making a documentary, educating and raising awareness about living with Tourette Syndrome, changing misconceptions and gaining acceptance from people I meet, visiting folk living with Tourette syndrome and seeing the struggles people face every day. I have had this dream since my first diagnosis aged 46 yrs old. This image was taken on one of my trips, because i am a visual thinker, I try and use my photography has away to build bridges and raise awareness.”
“My goal is to travel as much as I can.
“I am a mom of a 4 year old boy and I have Multiple Sclerosis. For me each single day is a challenge to raise my boy and to be the ‘best’ mom possible. It is also a fear to think about the future and what might happen to me, I do not want to be a burden to my family and specially to my son. He is my biggest challenge in life but also my biggest strength to face each day, to take care of me to be able to always be there for him, and to be a better person and give back to everyone going through the same situations as I am.”
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