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Seeing It Through

BAUS 2021 Virtual photographic competition

A message from Mary Garthwaite, BAUS Virtual Art Gallery Curator and former Consultant Urological Surgeon:

"Thank you to all those who entered this inaugural BAUS Photographic Competition.

"You have shared with us a stunning array of images which capture the zeitgeist, and offer a unique, privileged view of how our BAUS community has reacted to these challenging times. By taking part you have made this competition a reality and a success.

"Names will soon be revealed beside the entries below, and all entrants will receive a certificate to recognise their contribution. However, there can only be one winner.

So, after two rounds of judging, initially to select a shortlist and then to choose an overall winner, the final result will be announced by Jo Cresswell, Vice President of BAUS, on Monday 21 June 2021 at 15:00hr, during BAUS 2021 Virtual.

The competition judging panel

JO CRESWELL
Consultant Urological Surgeon;
BAUS Vice President

STEVE PAYNE
Emeritus Consultant Urologist;
Urolink & Workforce Editor

NIGEL BULLOCK
Emeritus Consultant Urologist;
BAUS Website Editor

 


1. Covid puppy ... view full-screen version

Teddy, a West Highland Terrier, pictured here when he 'arrived' in March 2020 just after the schools shut. Teddy has very much helped with 'seeing it through' during the pandemic."

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2. Window visit ... view full-screen version

Jim, my father, seen through the window of his nursing home. Advanced dementia precipitated a care home move during the pandemic."

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3. Through this lens ... view full-screen version

The wide spaces of the Yorkshire Dales were my quiet sanctuary during this Covid year, walking and photographing the landscape at dawn when lockdown restrictions allowed. This image is my camera capturing the image that is seen through its lens."

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4. I thank you all ... view full-screen version

A collage of street art in Leeds that I photographed on the deserted streets whilst cycling to work for shifts on both the Hot Covid wards and the Urology theatres during the first lockdown. I gifted this as a poster to friends and colleagues that worked together during the most difficult times. They helped see me through.

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5. I can see the Seven Sisters but where is the Matron? ... view full-screen version

This picture was taken during an Easter break in my final year as a Consultant. I used it as my desktop background on my work computers and found it very calming especially during busy clinics."

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6. Where peaceful waters flow! ... view full-screen version

This was taken after my retirement on a holiday break in between lockdowns in Dartmoor."

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7. Seeing the good through the trying times ... view full-screen version

This photo reflects how I got through the challenges in urological management and life in general during the pandemic. My boy says it all..."

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8. Life can be a storm, but your hope is a rainbow ... view full-screen version

Seeing it through my lens: life can be a storm, but your hope is a rainbow."

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9. Calmness is a mystery ... view full-screen version

Seeing it through my camera lens: calmness is a mystery.

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10. The lesson of resilience, strength and connection ... view full-screen version

Seeing it through my camera lens: the lesson of resilience, strength, and connection."

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11. Life of a trainee ... view full-screen version

It is okay to take a break but never give up!"

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12. Colourful ... view full-screen version

Our mother nature is beautiful because of the variety of its colours. Love and respect all colours and be beautiful."

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13. Work like a bee, rest like a bear ... view full-screen version

Each of us has an important role to play; team work is the key."

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14. Operating in full PPE ... view full-screen version

At the start of the operation the surgeon checks optics of his cystoscope. From left to right: Mr Simon Holden (Associate Specialist), Professor James Green (Consultant), Paula Allchorne (Lead Urology Nurse)"

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15. Contemplating redeployment ... view full-screen version

This image was taken on the 15th floor at the Royal London Hospital, the largest intensive care unit looking after Covid-19 patients in London, with over 150 ventilated patients on the top two floors of the hospital. This image reflects a member of our team reflecting on the challenging environment and situation."

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16. Donning ... view full-screen version

This photograph captures a redeployed member of the urology team in the anxious moments prior to entering the 15th floor intensive care unit at the Royal London Hospital. This voyeuristic image captures the harsh reality and anxiety of the situation as well as the compassion that colleagues have shown to leave messages on the mirror to empower and support each other. "

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17. Solitree... view full-screen version

This tree was partly submerged during a flood at Bala lake. The image of it, still standing, resolute in the face of extreme adversity, is one that resonates with all of us in these current times. No doubt it will be of some comfort to you to know that it still stands."

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18. Kings Cross through a pinhole ... view full-screen version

This image was shot with a pinhole camera on black and white film, at a time when train stations and airports were still bustling with people. The tiny size of a pinhole aperture requires prolonged shutter speeds resulting in pronounced motion blur, providing us with a sense of activity and a feel of the place rather than the forensic detail that we are used to in so much modern imagery. This type of camera is a throwback to the earliest days of photography, though the image itself is of a far more recent time. It still feels like a lifetime ago."

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19. Face it together... view full-screen version

A staff member's water bottle in theatre. A poignant reminder to pay attention to the simple things, and each other."

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20. Tottenham Court Road ... view full-screen version

Tottenham Court Road tube station, 26 March 2020, lunchtime."

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21. Canary Wharf ... view full-screen version

Canary Wharf Jubilee Line Tube, 27 March 2020, lunchtime."

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22. Tower Bridge lockdown ... view full-screen version

Tower Bridge in lockdown"

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23. London in transition ... view full-screen version

I took this photograph after a long day and seeing a patient in the Lane-Fox (long term ventilatory support unit) at St Thomas'. It captures a moment with the capital looking its best."

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24. Open skies ... view full-screen version

If you have ever had to explain why the skies are empty and why the aeroplanes fly no more to a 2 year old; if your heart has sunk multiple times over airline cancellations; if you burst into tears when you find yourself up in the clouds once more after a very long time, maybe you saw the pandemic through my eyes. Maybe you were just happy to do your bit to keep the skies open."

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25. Gotcha! ... view full-screen version

An adult observing a child, observing an adult, through the lens of a camera."

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26. An unkind world ... view full-screen version

A lonely, elderly person, forced to shield during the Covid 19 pandemic, pushes their body hard to keep active."

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27. Always look to the future ... view full-screen version

After a busy working life and being forced to shield in retirement, it is never too late to positively look to the future and start a new hobby."

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28. Seizing every hopportunity, treasuring every moment ... view full-screen version

Midway through a tough day at work, a lost and rescued 'Richard' was brought to our garden at the Urology centre. A much needed break and cheering up for our Urology Registrar"

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29. Bumble bee ... view full-screen version

This image was taken in my garden during the first lock down. Watching life in the garden and working on my digital photographic skills has been one of the positives of this troubled time. Lupin and bumble bees are an irresistible combination to photograph. Capturing one in flight was such a joy."

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30. Moon... view full-screen version

Moon photographs have always fascinated me. A full moon on a clear evening with sky colours is a joy to capture."

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31. Neowise ... view full-screen version

Not just life, but photographing heavenly bodies has been a challenge worth taking up. Comet Neowise was a once in a lifetime sighting. Captured from my patio on 20 July, it was well worth the effort on a chilly night."

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32. Calcutta skies ... view full-screen version

From the rooftop of my ancestral home in Calcutta, where I was held up last year, trying to return home to Croydon."

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33. Croydon sunrise... view full-screen version

Sunrise in Croydon. When the international flights finally resumed."

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34. My haven ... view full-screen version

And now, my haven, my new abode, in the village of Bridgerule, Devonshire."

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35. A calm in the storm (Part 1)  ... view full-screen version

As an Irish trainee in Scotland, COVID-19 was the first time I felt far from home. Restrictions and redeployment impacted everyone and normality was a distant memory. The beautiful landscape of Scotland provided a constant calm at a chaotic time. These two images captured some moments of tranquillity on the many walks taken throughout lockdown."

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36. A calm in the storm (Part 2) ... view full-screen version

As an Irish trainee in Scotland, COVID-19 was the first time I felt far from home. Restrictions and redeployment impacted everyone and normality was a distant memory. The beautiful landscape of Scotland provided a constant calm at a chaotic time. These two images captured some moments of tranquillity on the many walks taken throughout lockdown."

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37. Take a deep breath and smile... you are not alone ... view full-screen version

This image encapsulates the '3' magical things that has helped me through this pandemic - family, outdoor space and virtual contact with friends and loved ones. We are never far away from a phone - one seems to have been captured in this photo!"

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38. Seeing it through (Part 1) ... view full-screen version

These three images are a triptych. This year was an isolating and challenging time for many. I was privileged to see it through with my multi-cultural, multi-talented, multi-disciplinary colleagues in Craigavon. Thank you for helping me manage the flames of burnout and see things through the eyes of those around me - the only thing we could see! This triptych is dedicated to them."

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39. Seeing it through (Part 2) ... view full-screen version

These three images are a triptych. This year was an isolating and challenging time for many. I was privileged to see it through with my multi-cultural, multi-talented, multi-disciplinary colleagues in Craigavon. Thank you for helping me manage the flames of burnout and see things through the eyes of those around me - the only thing we could see! This triptych is dedicated to them."

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40. Seeing it through (Part 3) ... view full-screen version

These three images are a triptych. This year was an isolating and challenging time for many. I was privileged to see it through with my multi-cultural, multi-talented, multi-disciplinary colleagues in Craigavon. Thank you for helping me manage the flames of burnout and see things through the eyes of those around me - the only thing we could see! This triptych is dedicated to them."

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41. Training for the future ... view full-screen version

This picture captures the ever-positive spirit and camaraderie our junior doctors have, despite the hardships of the past year. We continue to work hard to inspire the next generation in Urology by creating new training opportunities and supporting our NHS family."

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42. A leaf no less ordinary ... view full-screen version

A leaf no less ordinary is a project which kept me going through the autumn lockdown. The restrictions imposed curtailed my solitude travels, but provided me visual inspiration to photograph my local park. The initial photographs depict the state of my mind as the autumn lockdown is imposed and the subsequent pictures show the rejuvenation as the easing of the lockdown coincided with the resurrection of spring colours. "

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43. London apocalypse ... view full-screen version

Taken 3 days into the first lockdown on the commute into work. The eeriness and emptiness of London's normally bustling trains perfectly captures the fear and isolation experienced by many in the Capital."

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44. Looking through the many laser glasses ... view full-screen version

A photo of the surgeon and anaesthetist taken by the theatre nurse Olga Barri following a case where both Holmium and Green Light lasers were used to treat the bladder stone and prostatic enlargement."

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