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The last few months have largely been spent stuck inside twiddling our collective thumbs. If you’ve had the fortune to spend most of your time in your home, then count your blessings and spare a thought for all those essential workers who made your life just bearable enough.

Those essential workers, however, had to find new ways of making their lives somewhat enjoyable. Take NHS Occupational Therapist Dolores O’Doherty, for example, who saw employees and patients across the North East live and work amidst a crisis with very limited means for entertainment. She had a bright idea: a photography competition! Most of us have a phone with a camera in our pocket, making this little project widely accessible – and what quicker route is there to excitement than a bit of creativity and competition?

Staff and inpatients of local NHS Trusts were encouraged to take advantage of their daily exercise and look at the world anew, seeking something worthy of documentation along the way. Each ward competed to have their photo named the best of the bunch, and now the public get to see the fruits of their efforts in the resultant exhibition Inpatient Lockdown at Newcastle’s Biscuit Factory this month. One will be crowned winner, although I do believe in this case that all entrants have achieved wonderful things on their journey.

Inpatient Lockdown runs at Biscuit Factory, Newcastle from Saturday 5th-Sunday 20th September

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