A CAMPAIGN to create the UK’s biggest family photo album has been launched to help refugees.

The campaign is run by Amnesty UK in conjunction with 20 other organisations, and backed by the Dorset Echo’s publisher Newsquest.

It is calling for restrictive UK rules to be eased to help reunite refugees with their families.

Throughout October, readers are asked to send in their family snaps - serious and silly - to contribute to the album and celebrate the importance of family life.

Amnesty International UK says that these moments – the first day of school, a childhood holiday, or a candid moment of love – are the kind which refugees living in the UK, separated from their closest relatives by restrictive family reunion rules, miss every day.

Kate Allen, Director of Amnesty UK, said: “The UK is a country that values the family in all its wonderful variety of set-ups and sizes. Although many of us take hundreds of photos of our loved ones each year, we still cherish a special handful because they remind us of the happiness that family life can bring.

“Devastatingly, for refugees who have lost everything, these photos can often be the closest connection they have to their family, which may be hundreds or even thousands of miles away. Current UK rules are forcing people who have fled conflict to make impossible choices: to remain in the UK but stay separated from their nearest relatives or return to a place of danger.”

Amnesty, as part of the #FamiliesTogether campaign, is calling for the easing of restrictive UK rules - helping refugees who have lost their homes and been separated from their families be reunited. The UK’s Biggest Family Photo Album will be presented to the Home Secretary as a call to help the mothers, fathers, brothers and sisters who have been torn apart – giving them a chance to rebuild their lives.

The campaign is supported by the People's Postcode Lottery.

For more information, visit amnesty.org.uk/familiestogether

To enter, see the link below to send your family photo. The deadline is October 21.

Virgin Experiences is offering entrants the chance to win one of 13 Family Segway Rally prizes worth £140 each at locations across the country as well as one national prize, a Tiki Lodge Family Adventure Week on the Gower Peninsula in Wales worth £950. For full T&Cs visit www.virginexperiencedays.co.uk/terms-and-conditions.

How to get involved

We’re creating the UK’s biggest collection of real family photos to show the Home Secretary that the UK believes in keeping families together. We need as many photos as possible so that he can’t ignore us - that’s where you come in!

Submit a photo of your family below and we’ll add it to Amnesty’s giant album that will be displayed at Parliament in October, as well the digital version that will be found on the Amnesty website..

Use the form below to submit your picture - but please ensure you have the consent of everyone in the photo before you send it. By adding your image you're confirming that you are over 18 and that it's okay for us to pass your details to Amnesty International. Your contact details will only be used to ask you more about your entry or to let you know if you're a winner.

#FamiliesTogether

Families across the country are being asked to share their family photos with their local paper to support the refugee #FamiliesTogether campaign. Their pictures can capture anything which gives a snapshot of their family life – from chasing the dog round the garden to playing games with grandad, from family Sunday roasts around the table to a takeaway in front of the TV on a Saturday night. However serious, however silly. Photos can be as recent or old as people like – it can be family selfie taken specially for Amnesty’s album or a photo from an adult’s childhood. The entries will then be used to create the UK’s Biggest Family Photo Album and presented to the Home Secretary to demonstrate that families across the country support the right of refugees to be reunited with their families. There will also be a digital version of the album for members of the public to view. After the competition closes, winners will be chosen at random in each of the 13 UK regions as well as one national prize winner.

Add your contribution now By uploading a contribution, for use online and in print, you accept our contributor terms. You will either own or have permission to use anything you provide.

Your information will be held securely by Amnesty International United Kingdom Section – a limited company registered in England (01735872), and Amnesty International UK Section Charitable Trust - a charity registered in England & Wales (1051681) and in Scotland (SC039534).
To find out more about how Amnesty use your information, please read their faq and privacy notice. Newsquest will use your details for the purposes of administering the campaign. Our privacy notice is here. We may use your pictures in our papers in relation to the campaign.