Last year, we had the pleasure of discovering Polly Braden’s work after she entered the LensCulture Portrait Awards 2016. Ultimately, she was chosen as a Juror’s Pick for her inspiring series “Great Interactions,” which tells the stories of individuals living with learning disabilities and autism in the UK.

Following the exhibition of her work at Photo London 2016, we sat down with Braden to learn more about her various projects. We were also excited to learn about the amazing reaction her work received from the community when it was exhibited at the National Media Museum in the UK. The fact that Braden can produce powerful work both abroad (China) and at home in the UK seems like an inspiring lesson for all of us contemplating where to photograph next. Bravo!

—LensCulture

Editors’ note: Don’t miss Braden’s original, award-winning series as well as a statement from juror Clare Grafik about why the work stood out to her.