Photo competition

The winner of the Museum of the Year 2016 photography competition is Jodine Williams for her touching photograph of London's Bethlem Museum of the Mind.

Bethlem Museum of the Mind © Jodine Williams

Bethlem Museum of the Mind

Over 6,500 votes were cast in this year's competition to find the best picture of a Museum of the Year finalist. The shortlist of five photos – one of each finalist museum – was hand-picked by renowned photographer Rankin. 

Jodine's photograph captures Museum of the Year finalist Bethlem Museum of the Mind with a pivotal message about mental health and the way it influences our understanding of others and ourselves. She said of her victory: 'I chose Bethlem because mental health is an issue that is very important to me. When my close friend was diagnosed with a mental illness, I realised how uneducated I was about mental health overall. I feel that at any point in life, we or someone we know can suffer from a mental health issue and it's important to be prepared enough to support them through it. I chose Bethlem because it provides not only knowledge about mental health, but many have said it saves lives.

'I wanted my photo to portray a strong message about mental health, and I came up with it because someone close to me, as well as other people I know, have suffered. After working with people at the mental health charity Mind, I want them and others to know that their mental health is not the only aspect to them.'

Rankin said: 'Mental health is such an important issue and something we could all do with learning more about. This photograph is a stripped back and candid reflection of that. I think it is brilliant that a museum and hospital is focusing on depicting something that affects all our lives in this way.' 

Jodine wins a photography holiday in Berlin courtesy of Frui Creative Holidays and Courses, a Lomography camera, and publication of her winning picture in Art Quarterly's autumn 2016 issue, out in September. In addition, she and the other four competition finalists will receive a National Art Pass and a copy of the best-selling book Read This If You Want to Take Great Photographs by Henry Carroll, photographer, writer, and co-founder of Frui.

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Museum of the Year Photography Prize is a BBC Arts Get Creative champion. Get Creative aims to boost creativity in the UK, as well as celebrating the millions of people already doing something artistic and creative every day.