Cpl Emma Parker

Cpl Emma Parker wins Healthy Minds Photo Competition

Cpl Emma Parker wins Healthy Minds Photo Competition

28 June 2021

  • Greater Manchester ACF

SMI Debbie Callaghan, County PRO


After recently learning that one of our amazing cadets, Cpl Emma Parker, No 3 (Somme) Company, had won the ACF Healthy Minds photo competition I contacted her mum to find out more.

Cpl Parker’s mum, Karen, is very proud of her daughter for winning the competition and spoke of her daughters keen interest in photography - that’s great to know for when she will be on her company camps, maybe Cpl Parker will become her Company Cadet PR Rep?

Cpl Parker gave her reason for entering the competition was because of her love of photography and wanted to share her passion with other people. She said: “I hope to be able to inspire people to start photography and capture memories, beautiful scenery, and nature”.

Below is the winning picture and some of her other photographs with descriptions and the meaning behind each one.

Words by Cpl Emma Parker:

The winning picture: St Joseph's Shrine

Night photography is something new to me but is definitely one of my favourite types! There is something much more peaceful and inviting about being able to stand and look up to the sky that has been scattered by beautiful stars. The stars hold a special place in my heart. When I miss my Nan who passed in 2018, it brings me closer as I know she would be proud of me.


Nature's natural beauty, getting out of the house and taking time to look at the natural colours, shapes and joyous wonders of the great outdoors is a great way for me to clear my head and refocus.

Reflection of Antony Gormley

The beach for me is a place to find peace and tranquillity. The smells, sounds, views and feeling that being by the sea brings, is something that calms the spirit this is reflected by Gormley's statues.

Riverside Sunset

The colours encapsulated in this image, make me smile every time I see them: they are vibrant, bright and full of character. It would be enough to make anyone smile.

Ducks in nature

The walk to this reservoir was very relaxing, it was a stark contrast to the hustle and bustle of school stress and noise of the city. it was lovely to see the ducks gliding through the water.

Blossoming spring

With spring comes many opportunities and a change in colours which we don't get in winter. I believe that weather has a strong influence on our mental health and mood: it defiantly does for me. Despite my love for winter, I can see the change in my mood, but once I am out and about it still somehow lifts my mood and calms me.

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