Photographer Hannah Maule-ffinch has won a silver award at The Association of Photographers 37th Photography Awards for her photographs of cold-water swimmers during the coronavirus pandemic.
The photographs were taken throughout the UK mostly during lockdown, and were inspired by the community spirit Hannah admired amongst the swimmers she met during this period.
Hannah says about her photographs: “The series explores how humans are strongest when coming together in the face of adversity. It is the kindness and empathy of community that is the true healer in hard times. Loneliness, anxiety and uncertainty was widespread during lockdown, simple acts of kindness and friendship were enough to get many people though very hard times.
“It shows the resilience of (wo)man kind and a crucial link between nature and wellbeing -even survival. It brings to light the importance of freedom, particularly in a world that suddenly lost just that.”
Find out more about the AOP here.