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Autism photographic competition winner

posted 20 Jun 2012, 03:29 by Jan Szafranski   [ updated 20 Jun 2012, 03:29 ]

A beautiful picture of a child running across the beach has won the top award in the 50th birthday photography competition of the National Autistic Society. The picture was taken by Melanie Garside and shows her seven-year-old son Dewi who was diagnosed with autism at the age of three.

"This photo is just one of those beautiful 'blink and you'll miss it' moments: a moment of pure joy," says Melanie. "We'd been walking and walking, looking for a beach with just a paper map to guide us. We'd almost given up hope when we turned a corner to stumble upon this deserted paradise - the white sands and turquoise water took our breath away."

What's wonderful about this picture is that, apart from being very well taken it is also the type of picture many families have in their photo albums - a child enjoying life and exploring the world. Yet as with many pictures, there is much more to it than that.