I have some quite exciting news! About  a month ago i was contacted by a great social media company who invited me to be part of an international photography competition. My initial thought was perhaps to take part as a contestant, but a couple of paragraphs in and i realised that wasnt quite the case.. I have been invited to be a judge (one of 5) for the competition.

Hotpoint (the kitchen appliances kind!) have teamed up with top photographer Steve McCurry to launch an online competition for snapshots of European families.

All families have until October 15th to submit their favourite family portrait at http://family.hotpoint.eu – the winning family will be flown to New York to have their photograph taken by Steve McCurry.

The top 100 pictures from each country will be whittled down to just 10 by us five judges. Then once we have got the final 10 selected, the overall winner will be chosen by Steve McCurry.

“In my portraits I try to express the vulnerable moment when the soul clearly appears, shown in the subject’s face. I like an image to tell a human story,” says Steve McCurry, “When I take photos of the families I meet, I try to convey the power of human relationships revealed by subtle clues on faces and in gestures and behaviors.”

Want to enter your family portrait? Simply go to http://family.hotpoint.eu and go to the 'take part' page!

Good luck!! :)