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Search is on for the picture of happiness.

BUDDING photographers are being urged to take a picture of happiness.

And to help people develop ideas for the Show Me Happy competition, free photographic workshops with acclaimed photographer Keith Moss are to be held in County Durham.

The first session will be held at Durham County Council's Chester-le-Street Library today between 2pm and 4pm and a second workshop will be held at Clayport Library, Durham, on July 26 from 2pm to 4pm.

Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Trust has launched the Show Me Happy competition as part of a 21-month campaign aimed at tackling the stigma surrounding mental health, and raising awareness of the importance of happiness to mental well being.

John Kerr, creator and project manager said: "Happiness can have a direct effect on your health, and in particular, your mental well-being. We are keen for people to be able to recognise this and express whatever it is that makes them happy through a photograph."

The competition has four categories - under 16, student, adult and professional photographer - with prizes for winners and runners up. Their photos will also go on show across the North-East.
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Jul 12, 2007
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