One of the top photo-journalists in the country, Hazel Thompson gave a masterclass in what it is like in the front-line to a group of amateur photographers based in Walsall.

Hazel Thompson has had assignments in more than 40 countries working for media organisations like the New York Times, Sunday Times and ABC. She has won several awards for her work and critically acclaimed for her drive to expose issues of social concern related to sex trafficking and abuse of children.

The workshop was organised to promote promote faith through photography and help in community harmony. It was organised in partnership by Hindu Christian Forum, Multi Media Arts Project and Faith Through a Lens. It was funded by Near Neighbours which is a government funded programme to promote in bringing people together who are near neighbours in communities that are religiously and ethnically diverse, so that they can get to know each other better, build relationships of trust and collaborate together on initiatives that improve the local community they live in.

This particular concept of faith and photography was originally piloted in Luton where it was presented by Faith Through a Lens national photo competition winner John Sykes. Every year, Faith through a Year promotes the best in faith and photography by encouraging amateur photographer to enter a competition which is chaired by world renowned photo-journalist Don McCullin. Margaret Slater who organises the competition also did a presentation and is hoping the participants with new found knowledge will enter this year’s competition.