Seaton teenager’s wish for poignant pic of granddad in isolation to win UK’s most iconic lockdown image

A teenager from Seaton hopes her poignant photo of her granddad and sister separated by the pandemic is named the UK’s most iconic lockdown image.

Jessica Shackleford, aged 18, will learn later this month if she has won with her snap of her sister, Jasmin, 16, and granddad Brian, 76, reaching out hands, separated by a window, social distancing.

Jessica’s photo is one of 25 shortlisted by Cartridge Save, where on August 24, after a public vote, a panel of experts will decide the top snap.

Jessica entered her photo of her granddad and sister after social distancing forced the family apart during lockdown.

Jessica said: “The hardest part of lockdown was being separated from my granddad.

“I usually spend most of my time with him, helping with bits around the house and watching TV with him.

“When the country went into lockdown it was so hard to accept, I couldn’t hug him and be with him like before.

“All myself and my sister could do was wave through the window.”

Jessica’s image is up against photos including a boy holding a home-made sign, missing his friends, proud parents showing off their newborn baby to family, at a distance, a trio of walkers keeping to the two-metre rule, and a Devon family at a lockdown VE Day party.


Jessica Shackleford, from Seaton, hopes her photo is named the nation’s most iconic image of lockdown.
Photo: Jessica Shackleford.

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Another Devon finalist, Kate Garrett, 50, from Black Torrington, Devon, took this image of her family attending a lockdown VE Day party.
Photo: Kate Garrett.

The firm organising the competition said it had received hundreds of entries in its quest to find the most nation’s most iconic lockdown image.

The cartridge company said it hoped the images in its A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words competition would serve as a historic record for future generations.

Public voting, which makes up 25 per cent of the final judging, is now open until August 24, when the finalists’ images will go before a panel of experts to choose the winner to receive a cash prize.

Judge Deborah Linton, a freelance newspaper and magazine journalist, said: “What I love about this competition is that each image has an individual story to tell.

“It’s been great seeing what friends and families across the UK have been doing during lockdown and how they have pulled through together.”

Mark Waugh, press photographer, who is also a judge, said: “We’ve had some fantastic entries to the competition and I’m really impressed with the images we’ve received from all over the UK.

“From the good to the bad, lockdown has tested us all over the last few months, and these images really showcase that.”

Ian Cowley, Cartridge Save managing director, said: “We wanted to create this competition to capture history happening through the eyes of regular people up and down the country.

“It’s important to remember these moments so that future generations can look back and see how we survived lockdown.”

You can see the 25 finalists, and vote, here.

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