Croydon teenager Sharada Kashyap named Young Human Rights Photographer of the Year
A Croydon teenager has won a human rights photography award for an image illustrating homelessless.
Sharada Kashyap, 15, was crowned Young Human Rights Photographer of the Year by Amnesty International for her picture of a man sleeping on the streets.
The Croydon High School pupil beat thousands of entrants from around the country to claim the prize in the upper primary and lower secondary category, judged by renowned photographers and human rights activists.
She said: "I feel touched and happy to win the award. My photo was about the issue of homelessness in the UK.
"When I lived in India there were lots of people living on the streets who were completely ignored. I hope my photo goes some way in giving homeless persons the attention they need.
"I hope my photo goes some wayand they need to have more attention in society – they’re ignored."
She received a trophy, certificate and goodie bag at a ceremony last week.
Annabel Plummer's photgraph was named runner-up
Annabel Plummer, 13 and also of Croydon High School, was runner up with her photo illustratating child abuse.
The competition, which also had an upper secondary and foundation education category, was open to young people aged from seven to 21.
Kate Allen, director of Amnesty International UK, said: "It is so inspiring to see young people show such a passion and commitment for human rights.
"The quality of the photography has been simply outstanding."
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