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Young photographer wins competition to have work shown with Rankin and Tracey Emin

Young photographer wins competition to have work shown with Rankin and Tracey Emin

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A brave eight-year-old with a very rare lung condition will have his photography displayed alongside some of the country’s most renowned artists after winning a national competition.

Huddersfield boy Noah McNeill is one of the winners of the ‘WellChild Through a Lens’ competition, and will now see his work displayed at Christie’s auction house in London alongside the likes of Tracey Emin, Antony Gormley, and Rankin.

The competition aims to show what life is like for young people with serious health needs and to give them a chance to tell their own story through photography.

Noah suffers from a rare form of interstitial lung disease which means that he has a gastronomy tube to feed him water, needs a tracheotomy and, at night, a ventilator to help him breathe.

Noah’s competition winning photo, called ‘Me and the Miner’

However, his winning photo, titled Me and the Miner, shows that the condition doesn’t stop Noah from trying new things.

His mum Jill said the visit to the mine 140 metres underground shows how far the family had come with the support of WellChild: “An ambulance would not be able to access us at all down there however I had all the emergency equipment and I had been trained to the highest standard and I also had an excited son who wanted to do what all the other kids did and so I felt confident to carry on and enjoy our day.”

Noah McNeill’s work is being displayed at Christie’s auction house in London

Judges for the competition included renowned photographers Rankin and John Swannell, as well as TV presenter and WellChild Ambassador Gaby Roslin.

While Noah’s work sits alongside art royalty, it has also been viewed by actual royalty with the photos on display at a private reception ahead of this year’s WellChild awards, which was attended by patrons The Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

The competition forms part of the WellChild Helping Hands Art Auction which will take place at Christie’s on October 28, raising money for the work the charity does to support seriously ill children and their families.






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