A north-east photographer has had work displayed at the Houses of Parliament as part of a national competition.
Carrie-Ann Goodbrand, from Aberdeen, was represented in the final of the Heart Valve Disease Photography competition.
Run by charity Heart Valve Voice, it took place in London last week, with the aim of raising awareness of the condition.
Common and treatable, it leads to the wear, disease or damage of one or more of the heart’s valves, which affects the flow of blood to the organ.
All finalists were paired up with a patient and tasked with creating a series of photographs showing heartfelt moments following treatment.
Affecting around 1.5 million people over the age of 65 in the UK, the condition is often overlooked.
Through images, the initiative helps to show the difference that receiving treatment can make to someone’s life, and raise awareness.
Many patients experience an improvement in their quality of life as a whole, and can go on to lead active lifestyles.
Carrie-Ann said: “I’m delighted to have reached the finals of the National Photography Competition.
“It was a remarkable experience to use my passion for photography for such a good cause.
“Being a nurse within cardiac intensive care, I am very much used to supporting patients immediately post-op, but never see them once they leave the hospital.
“I am therefore extremely grateful to Vince Sudding for allowing me to photograph him, enabling me to really see the difference receiving treatment can make to someone’s life.”
Carrie-Ann’s photographs showed Vince enjoying life post-surgery, undertaking activities such as spending time with his grandchildren, walking along the beach, taking in some picturesque north-east scenery and having coffee.
He is now able to enjoy the Moray coast on his doorstep as a result – something he struggled to do before he underwent heart valve surgery.
Vince said: ““I am pleased to be part of the photography competition because, as a patient, I know the importance of raising awareness of heart valve disease.
“The photos of me taken by Carrie-Ann show that there is life after heart valve disease and that I am able to enjoy what is most important to me, including spending quality time with my grandsons, family and friends.
“This would not have been possible without my condition being caught in time.
“It is vital that people are aware and educated on heart valve disease, so they are able to receive the treatment they need.”