Young Carer Photography Competition 2015
Young Carer 8 - 12 years old
Winner: Jessica Espenlaub
"My sister Emily was calming my brother Ben down after a meltdown. Living with disability in your home you learn what works best for that person.
My name is Jessica and my little brother who has disabilties can sometimes be annoying, clever and playful."
Runner Up: Matthew Myers
"It's about me having trouble to help my mum & my brother. Balancing school, sport & friends. Sometimes I feel there is too much to do".
Young Carer 13 - 17 years old
Winner: Aisha Joyce
"From the point of view of a person with a disability, a lot of they time they probably feel like they are being locked out of the world as people exclude them just because they may look different or act different. I have shown in the picture a lock closing off the way through to the other side.
As a young carer i try to include my older brother as much as i can so he doesn't feel this way".
Runner Up: Carrah Stuart
"The photo shows a man climbing a mountain and he has a long way to go. I feel as that’s what I’m doing, I’m climbing a mountain but I’m only half way through the climb. I think it show the emotions of hope and faith. Hope that they will get through it and faith that they can".
Young Carer 18 - 25 years old
Winner: Elise Gielens
"This is an image of two of my sisters. The baby is Saar Bear who had a lot of medical issues and was not a normal child. Larissa who is holding Saar Bear, helped by doing little things like getting a bottle from the fridge, holding tubes and cords and many other things."
Runner Up: Elise Gielens
"This is my three sisters, Saar Bear (the baby) was born with Down Sydrome and an acquired brain injury. Getting them all together wasn't something that happened very often. I care for my mother and uncle who are both mentally ill. I cared for my baby sister until her passing."
"The inspiration behind my photo is my brother and how I help him do things everyday. I wanted my picture to show how I love and care for my brother. It shows things we do together, the things I help him with and the words that show how I feel being a young carer. I set up the photo, the camera and the timer so I had time to run into the photo and be a part of it".