Photogenic, an established photographic studio based in Wantage Oxfordshire, has been hand selected by the National Portrait Awards to represent the area in a national competition which aims to support three national charities.


Over 65 photographic studios, from across the country, have joined forces to support three national charities by offering their session fees as a donation to the Dogs Trust, CRY (Cardiac Risk in the Young) and The Lullaby Trust.

There are three categories, pet child and family, within the National Portrait Awards, all of which have a cash prize of £1000 for the winning entrant from each category.

The Pet Portrait Awards will be supporting the Dogs Trust, which is the largest dog welfare charity in the UK, with their aim to give stray and abandoned dogs a second chance at a brighter future with responsible, caring new owners. “All donations are put to good use providing their special care and finding loving homes for all the needy dogs in their centres. Of course, all donations help Dogs Trust to keep their promise – never to destroy a healthy dog.”

The children’s competition will be supporting The Lullaby Trust who promotes expert advice on safer baby sleep as well as special support for anyone bereaved through Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). “We are so grateful to all the photography studios that are supporting The Lullaby Trust through the Children’s Portrait Awards. Funds raised by this campaign will be supporting research to understand why babies die suddenly and unexpectedly and to find out more about how to reduce the risk of these tragic deaths.”

The family competition will be supporting the Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) charity who are thrilled to be receiving both donations and essential exposure of their work. “As well as helping to raise vital funds, this event will also raise significant awareness for CRY throughout the UK. “Explained Dr. Steve Cox, Chief Executive of CRY. “Every week in the UK, 12 apparently fit and healthy young people (aged 35 and under) die suddenly from a previously undiagnosed heart condition.”

“All entrants can send their details via the National Portrait Awards website to their closest studio, or phone us directly and we will book all entrants in, in return for a £10 donation to the charity which is being supported.” Explained Neil Aston from Photogenic in Wantage. “All those who enter, whether it be family, pet or child(ren) will then be able to choose one image to put forward into a national competition in which the winner of each category will receive £1000 put together by the photographers”.

To find out more details, or to book in to a studio near you please visit www.nationalportraitawards.com or phone 01235 769030