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Alzheimer's Disease International Photography Awards Celebrate An "Active Life With Dementia"

12 March 2010, London

Friends smile and converse around a table. A man and woman sit together at a piano, gesturing and lightly fingering the keyboard. A woman and three children gather close together and peer through a window. These were among the subjects depicted in award winning photographs recognized today by Alzheimer's Disease International (ADI) at the 25th International Conference of Alzheimer's Disease International, at the Grand Hotel Palace, Thessaloniki, Greece.

First (US$500), second (US$300) and third place (US$200) prizes were awarded in two categories - professional and amateur photographers - with the theme "Active life with dementia." ADI showcased the top photographs in both categories at the Conference and in the event's programme book. In addition, ADI plans to use the photos in a variety of publications within the next two to three years.

The winners were: Amateur: 1st Place: Katherine Leong, Malaysia; 2nd Place: Theresia Jelmini-Nobel, Switzerland; 3rd Place: Janet Wood, Zimbabwe. Professional: 1st Place: Andreas Philippides, Cyprus; 2nd Place: Leonardo Ramirez, Venezuela; 3rd Place (tie): Paula Ines Conti, Argentina; 3rd Place (tie): Andreas Philippides, Cyprus.

"The aim of the contest was to raise awareness about what it means to live with Alzheimer's and dementia by showing people living an active life after their diagnosis," said Marc Wortmann, Executive Director of ADI. "I was thrilled by the quality of the photos sent to us and by the fact that they came from all parts of the world. These photos show people with dementia involved in all kinds of activities and gives them a face that might differ from the common perception. I congratulate all 37 applicants and especially the prize winners."

ADI conducted this international photography competition throughout 2009. ADI member associations worldwide were invited to submit photographs from both amateur and professional photographers depicting people with dementia continuing to live a mentally and/or physically active life after their diagnosis. Eighteen applications were received from seven countries in the amateur category; nineteen entries from eight countries in the professional category. Two of the photographs were taken by people with dementia, both from Brazil.

Judging took place in London in January 2010. The judges included five professional photographers, photojournalists, and photo editors, and a person with dementia.

25th International Conference of Alzheimer's Disease International

The 25th International Conference of ADI was held March 10-13, 2010, at the Grand Hotel Palace, Thessaloniki, Greece. The theme - "Dementia: Making A Difference." Please visit www.adi2010.org/

The 26th International Conference of ADI will be held March 26-29, 2011 in Toronto, Canada, with the theme, "The Changing Face of Dementia." Registration opens July 1, 2010. The event is targeted to medical professionals, researchers, family and professional carers, and people living with dementia. Anyone touched by Alzheimer's disease or other dementias will benefit from attending.

Alzheimer's Disease International

Alzheimer's Disease International (ADI) is the international federation of 71 Alzheimer associations. It was founded in 1984 as a network for Alzheimer associations around the world to share and exchange information, resources and skills. ADI is based in London and is registered as a non-profit organization in the USA. ADI has been in official relations with the World Health Organization since 1996. Each member is the national Alzheimer association in their country who support people with dementia and their families. ADI's mission is to improve the quality of life of people with dementia and their families throughout the world. Visit www.alz.co.uk.