WALTHAMSTOW: Father impresses in photo contest
A WALTHAMSTOW man made it through to the final of a national photography competition on the subject of autism and friendship.
Danny Herbert, 44, was a runner-up in the contest held to mark the National Autistic Society’s (NAS) 50th birthday.
A recent survery by the charity found that more than half of young people with the disability wanted more friends.
Mr Herbert's snap of his autistic 10-year-old son Charlie feeding a goose impressed the judges, making it through to the final 13 out of more than 500 entries.
It was displayed alongside other finalists at London's Autism Show at the ExCel centre last week.
Mr Herbert, of Chester Road, said: "I didn't win the competition overall, but it was fantastic to be shortlisted and Charlie was so excited.
"When I went to the grand unveiling at the Autism Show I felt so proud to see my entry on display alongside so many great photos."
Judge John Swannell, who was the Royal Family's official Diamond Jubilee photographer, said: “I love the way that the boy in this photo is mimicking the shape of the goose with his hand.
"It is his own way of forging a connection with the world he occupies. It’s a really humorous picture and the boy clearly has a great time making friends with the animals."