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Little Hearts Photography Competition

We have launched a photography competition to find a budding photojournalist to photograph our award-winning Little Hearts Project. The winner will get the opportunity to spend a week photography all aspects of this ground breaking project, and will be accompanied by award winning photographer Owen Humphreys from Press Association– who is one of the judges of the competition. The Little Hearts Project comprises of team of highly skilled volunteer medical professionals from across the world. The team comes together several times a year to visit different developing countries to give life-saving heart operations to babies and children who suffer from heart defects. Earlier this year, Owen went to Bangladesh for us to photograph the Little Hearts Project. Here is his account of the trip. “When I was first asked by Muntada Aid to travel to Bangladesh to photograph children receiving open surgery, I was a little hesitant as having three children myself I wasn’t sure how I would feel about seeing children going through this- especially knowing that some of the operations may not be successful. “However, when the project was explained to me - along with the fact that hundreds of childrens’ lives are saved each year through Muntada Aid’s Little Hearts Project, I jumped at the rare opportunity and headed out to Bangladesh. “After arriving in Bangladesh,I travelled with the dedicated team of volunteer doctors, surgeons and other medical professions who had arrived from around the world to the hospital ahead of the children and their families arriving. Families with their desperately ill children had travelled from all parts of the country. Some families arrived from the poorest shantytowns with no financial backing, and others travelled for days to save or prolong their child’slife. “As each family registered their child, I sat in with the surgeons and doctors watching them go through each case prioritising the most serious and urgent cases. “Whilst I was taking photographs of the families waiting to see if their child had been chosen to have the life saving surgery, it was extremely moving to see the desperation etched on the parents faces in the waiting area.Looking at the expressions on their faces, it is obvious how much it meant to them that their child was chosen for an operation. “It was very difficult to watch as the doctors then had to break the news to the many waiting families and let them know whether there child would get the heart treatment needed or not. “Once a list was prioritised, I watched the team go into action. I was lucky enough to have been given all access in the operating theatre. Dressed in the correct gown and mask, I got the chance to photograph a whole open-heart operation from start to finish. It was magical to watch the surgeons in action. The detail and complexity of what I saw them doing was a complete eye opener for me.It was an opportunity photograph something only a handful of photographers will get the chance to do. “The highlight of visiting Muntada Aid’s Little Hearts Project in Bangladesh for me was seeing the faces of the parents after their child had had their operations.From photographing them looking so sad and desperate when they arrived, to the look of joy and hope for the future on their faces as their child recovered from the operation. “Many of the images you will speak for themselves. I don’t think people realise what a huge difference this team of amazing surgeons and doctors are doing voluntarily through Muntada Aid.” LH PHOTOGRAPHY Download T&Cs
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