Mencap joins with V&A to hold Snap! photo competition

Learning disability charity Mencap has launched a photo competition in which the winners will have their work exhibited at the Victoria & Albert museum in London.

The competition will be judged by leading photographer David Bailey and former Guardian picture editor Eamonn McCabe. Entitled Snap! for Mencap, it is open to the UK's 1.5 million children and adults with a learning disability, their families, friends and supporters, teachers or colleagues.

The charity is looking for photos that show what everyday life is like for people with a learning disability and can be happy, sad or humorous.

Bailey is encouraging participants to send in photos from a personal perspective. "Photography can tell stories, so use the camera to tell yours," he said.

The competition is the latest in a series of celebrity-driven campaigns which has also featured Radio One DJ Jo Whiley, who launched the charity's re-branding in April.

The closing date for the competition is 15 December and the winning photos will be shown at the V&A museum from 14 February to 13 March.

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