These Unflinching Photos Capture The Reality Of The Human Condition - From Birth To Death

From cancer to poor mental health, these photos navigate experiences shared by many.

A series of photographs that capture the full course of life (along with its ups and downs) have been unveiled by The Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) and the Royal Photographic Society (RPS).

The photos were chosen as the finalists and shortlisted entries for a photography competition called flash points, which explores the different health issues, challenges and risks at play throughout each stage of life for people in the UK today.

“Topics as varied as body image, dementia, and sexual health inspired some of the entries,” explained Shirley Cramer CBE, chief executive at RSPH.

“We hope the selected works capture the breadth and depth of issues which confront people at different stages of life, both for the public and for those working to improve and protect the public’s health.”

Here are some of our favourites. If there’s one thing these photos remind us it’s that no matter what challenges we may face, humans are resilient to the core.

Early Years - ‘Arrival’ by Kauser Parveen

Kauser Parveen