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Media Resources Centre awards success

23 October 2013

The 'Show me where' app; a new communications tool for children with autism and other communication difficulties.

The 'Show me where' app; a new communications tool for children with autism and other communication difficulties.

Information Services' Media Resources Centre maintained its excellent record of success at the Institute of Medical Illustrators' annual awards, held recently in Leicester. The Institute is the UK's leading professional body for photography, design and video in healthcare and the awards, given out at the annual conference are the highlight of the Institute's year.

The awards attract entrants from around the UK and as far afield as Australia and New Zealand. Of the 300 pieces entered only 150 received awards, and of these Cardiff picked up 22.

Leading amongst the awards this year is Senior Photographer, Chris Tetley, who received one of only four gold awards given in photography. Close behind Chris was Senior Medical Artist Jan Sharp. Entering in the design category for the first time, Jan received three bronze and one silver award. The silver award was for her work as part of the EPIC research team, a collaboration between Cardiff and Bangor Universities, producing and evaluating patient information for children and young adults with Type 1 Diabetes.

All four of the Media Resources Centre's Cardiff-based University postgraduate trainees received awards, with Nikki Kelley topping the roll of honour with three bronze awards. Adding in the awards given to former trainees, who are now working around the UK, Cardiff-based staff, trainees and former trainees took 22% of all the awards received.

The awards are exhibited at the Institute's annual conference. As well as being well represented in the exhibition, the Media Resources Centre team made an outstanding contribution to the meeting programme:

  • Head of Photography, Bolette Jones, presented with School of Healthcare Sciences colleague Amy Lake, to share their preliminary research into dermoscopy and digital photography.
  • Bolette also ran a workshop with department videographer Carl Rogers, looking at the challenges of shooting video with a DSLR camera in a clinical setting.
  • Media Resources Director, Paul Crompton, presented on the implications for the profession of the Department of Health's Modernising Scientific Careers scheme.
  • Dental Photographer, Nathan Edwards, presented his work in developing a practical solution to the problems of cross-polarised photography.

One of the highlights of the programme is the 'new voices' session, which offers inexperienced speakers their first taste of presenting at a national meeting. This year Cardiff fielded two of the six speakers. 

Senior Photographer Meg Pearson gave her top-tips for successful public relations photography, whilst Jan Sharp presented her work in developing a new communications tool for children with autism and other communication difficulties. The tool, called 'Show me where', has now been developed as an app with support from colleagues in University IT (pictured above). This excellent work was recognised with the Institute's award for the best new voice presentation, rounding off a very successful conference for the Cardiff team.

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