This Autumn photographers worldwide, professional or amateur, were invited by YOUMANITY to reach out to family and friends, to take a celebratory portrait or an image encapsulating the meaning of friendship. From over four thousand photographic entries from 57 different countries 16 entries were chosen by the judges, here we showcase the top three:


1. Winner: Debdatta Chakraborty.  ‘Sheroes Hangout’ at Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India’s unique cafe run and managed by acid attack victims. For Dolly and Bala (R), this is a place where they don’t have to hide their faces, move freely and form important friendships.


2. 1st Runner Up: Ly Hoang Long.  “I was in Normandy for the 66th anniversary of the D-Day, and impressed by the veteran’s emotions as they recalled history together.” The Veterans are Bill Evans (left) and Harry Billinge. Behind them L. Cox, 56th Brigade, 2nd Battalion, Gloucestershire Regiment.


3. 2nd Runner Up: Anastasia Georga. These are my friends. Playing with each other, to feel comfortable with their nudity. Looking at this brief moment makes me feel gratitude for having such an honest moment with them.


About the Friend-Ship Photography Award

Entitled ‘Friend-Ship, together for the journey‘  the 2019 award aimed to reclaim the importance and value of friendship. The award was launched on World Suicide Prevention Day, in an effort to fight social isolation – the main reason behind the increasing stats. According to the World Health Organisation, every year 800,000 people take their own lives, and many more attempts to.

“Friend-Ship” would like to reclaim the importance of friendship to prevent suicide and mental health issues associated with loneliness and social isolation.

Friend-ship Photography Exhibition will be showcased at the House of Commons in the spring/summer 2020. Stay tuned to their website and social media for further information. For full list of WINNER AWARDS 2019 see here.

The newly established gallery Maison Touchard has launched this winter with its inaugural exhibition, Housewarming. This dynamic group showcase features the work of Jemma Appleby, Alice Bucknell, Vanessa Dziuba, Shawn Maximo, Lindsey Mendick, and Camille Yvert.

Marking the launch of Maison Touchard, a project space set in an East London council flat, Housewarming explores the dichotomy between the utopian origins of Modernist architecture – inherently moralistic ideals of purity, transparency, light, and function – and its failed and rebellious legacies, namely within the prescriptive urban renewal and public housing schemes that began to appear en masse in the second half of the 20th century.

Metro was delighted to work with the creators of this unique exhibition Melanie Scheiner and Clémentine Proby, to produce a large-format panoramic digital c-type matt print for mixed- media artist Shawn Maximo. Maximo is known for his architectural dioramas and spatial hybrids created via images, sculptures, animations, furniture, theatrical sets, and installations.

Founded in 2019 by Scheiner and Proby, Maison Touchard embraces the spirit of sustainability and community bound up in the ethos of the ‘home-made’.

Set in an inhabited East London council flat, Maison Touchard is a project space informed by the myriad roles and connotations associated with the concept of Home. Home as a site of production and metamorphosis: a dream factory, a purgatory, a dinner party; a costume closet, an archive, a prison. It is a play-pen for curatorial and artistic experimentation wherein notions of the quotidian, the domestic, and the local are probed in relation to broader ideological concerns of urban geography, architecture, and social space.



23 November – 15 December 2019

Open Saturday & Sunday, 12-6 pm.

Touchard House, Flat 17

Chart St., London N1 6DB

Image © Courtesy Shawn Maximo & Maison Touchard. Photo: Samuel Capps.