Bright sparks inspire local photographers – and there’s still time to enter


Untitled by Steve Douglas

Bubbles, butterflies, blooms and bright smiles have already inspired WSLHD’s photographers in this year’s BMDH photo competition – and there’s still time to enter.
Now in its third year, the competition attracts hundreds of entries annually as selected images are chosen to brighten up Blacktown and Mount Druitt hospitals.

This year’s themes are colour and joy.

Entry is open to all WSLHD staff members and volunteers, as well as hospital patients, carers, visitors, local residents and workers.

Mount Druitt Hospital paediatric clinical nurse consultant Katherine Barry was inspired to enter as a way of celebrating the ward’s “extended family.”

Her photo Sparkle Therapy features ex-patients Alexis, Sean and Miles having fun in the children’s ward garden.

Sparkle Therapy by Katherine Barry

“These three little munchkins have all been patients at one time or another in the children’s ward at Mount Druitt,” Katherine said.

“Their grandmother Camila has been a nurse in our ward for more than 10 years and dropped in with her grandchildren on the day we took the photo. It was such a lovely moment, and it really captures this year’s theme of ‘joy’.

“All of our children and grandchildren are part of our family here. We have a huge Christmas party where we get to see how much they have grown over the year.”

The BMDH photo competition is part of the BMDH Expansion Project’s Kaleidoscope arts & culture program.

Entries close on 31 May, 2017.

For more information on how to enter or to see the gallery,



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