Street Angels are captured on film

Helping hand: Halifax Street Angels
Helping hand: Halifax Street Angels

Halifax Street Angels feature in a national photographic competition in which entrants will sum up faith through photos.

National church and home insurer Congregational launched its “Faith Through A Lens” competition with the above image.

Angels’ founder Paul Blakey said the work of his team was entered into last year’s competition, and although unsuccessful, it was great to be involved in this year’s launch.

“It is about demonstrating what people’s faith leads them to do which is more than singing hymns on a Sunday morning,” he said. “We are doing real work with real people.”

A photographer went on to the streets of Halifax town centre to take images of the team at work.

Last year’s winner portrayed a Haitian grandmother with a child following the country’s earthquake.

The competition has five categories from which the winning image will be judged: Moments of Faith, Community Heroes, Places of Faith, Community Spirit Against the Odds, and New Faith.

Margaret Slater of Congregational, said: “We live in a diverse society and Faith Through A Lens is a fantastic way for anyone to capture what faith means to them.

“Following last year’s success, we hope to encourage continued interaction within various faith communities across the UK while supporting photography at a grassroots level.”

Entries can be uploaded at www.faiththroughalens.co.uk – or via the Congregational and general Facebook page.

Street Angels launched in November 2005 to tackle issues around night-time drinking in Halifax town centre on Friday and Saturday nights.