Over 300 million people are acutely or chronically infected by fungi, leading to death, long term illness, blindness, psychological problems and reduced work capacity. Many recent improvements in diagnostics and treatment have not reached treating clinicians in all countries, and access to appropriate diagnostics and simple antifungal agents is far from universal. This needs to change.
LIFE ran an art competition for age 13 - 18 in the North West of England and North Wales running from late 2011 until May 2012, engaging thousands of schools throughout the area in an attempt to improve awareness of fungal diseases by the use of the creative arts
Project LIFE 2012 Theme: "Funky Fungi"
Fungi are beautiful and fascinating they are essential to our ecosystem in the carbon and nitrogen cycles, and are valuable in commerce as many industries require fungal activity eg. alcohol, bread and cheese making.
Overall Winner: Sophie Wills, Millom School, Cumbria
|Judges comments: "Strength of message, strong story and deceptive naivety"|
Second place: Erica Inglis, Stockport College (Ink and paper)
|Judges comments: "Sensitivity, observation, insidious danger within the beauty. Beautiful image masks and invasive threat"|
Third place: Jason Rhodes, Stockport College
|Judges comments: "We are constantly reminded of danger - red figure, red immune system afloat in a world of hidden threats"|