Photo competition: And the winner is…

Dr Harish Madhava

Editorial Board

September 19th, 2017

Dr Harish Madhava
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‘The 2017 Vaccines Today Communication Challenge reached 1 million social media users and inspired people from all over Europe to create photos and stories’

This year’s theme was life-long immunisation. We asked you to draw or print ‘Nina’ – a character created especially for the competition – take a photo of her living life to the fullest, and write a caption.

There was some real creativity on display from the entries we received and it was heartening to see so many people take an interest in our life-long immunisation campaign.

The contest reached 1 million people through Twitter and Facebook where the engagement was excellent. Many thanks to all who liked, shared and told their friends about the contest.

We are especially grateful to the 78 of you who took the time to create and share photos and stories about ‘Nina’. It wasn’t easy but our expert panel of judges have chosen their favourites.

And the winner is…

  • 1st prize of €1,000 goes to Giorgio Lunardi
  • 2nd prize of €500 was won by Rachele Eugeni
  • 3rd place was Barbara Sperandii who will receive €250

Giorgio Lunardi

Giorgio Lunardi
Nina is immunodepressed. What makes Nina happy is her daughter’s safe hug. Vaccinating is an act of love.

Rachele Eugeni

Rachele Eugeni
Dec, 1st 2099. Here is a picture I love to call “shot of the shots” I just took: I just got my shot flu, like I’ve been doing since I was “just” 65. The girl in the picture I am holding in my hand is a 12-years-old me. I had just taken HPV vaccine. It was 2029, all of my boy and girlfriends got that shot. At school they explained to us how important that vaccine would have been. I think it was one of the greatest discoveries in prevention: HPV vaccine helps avoiding many cases of horrible cancers! Teenage Nina-me is holding another picture of… baby me! You guessed it! When I was born, some people were subjugated by a dangerous vaccines refutating mindset, so my mum felt so comforted as I had taken all of the foreseen vaccines! I cried a bit (like all children do) but my sweet mom nursed me a lot those days. There’s a last small ultrasound picture and that little baby girl in her mother’s womb was me when my mom took a shot: her being vaccinated protected both her and I. A small safe shot is always the greatest protection!

Barbara Sperandii

Barbara Sperandii
One day, for the first time in her life, Nina went to the beach. She runs happily to the shore and she can’t wait to dive in. A lifeguard spots Nina and walks up to her. “Hi cutie! Do you like to swim?” “Yes, the sea is beautiful, and I can’t wait!” “It sure is, but be careful! The sea can be dangerous and you have to protect yourself.” “Why is it dangerous?” asks Nina with a big frown. “Because there are hidden dangers, little one.” Nina was confused, so the lifeguard explained. “The sea is beautiful, but if you go beyond that sign the water gets deeper, the waves get bigger, and there are sharp rocks.” “I get it!” shouts Nina. “The rocks are like viruses… mom and dad told me that viruses are dangerous and that I have to protect myself with vaccines. They’re like my lifejacket — they protect me!” In life, as in the water, it’s important to be protected. #VaccinesWork