The National Neonatal Audit Programme (NNAP) photo competition 2023

Has your baby been cared for in a neonatal unit in the past three years? If so, why not enter our photo competition? We're looking for photographs that tell a story about your baby's care on the neonatal unit.

This is your chance to get involved and help improve the care that babies born premature or unwell receive. Winning entrants will feature in the parent and carer guide to the NNAP. This is a key document in explaining the NNAP to families whose babies receive neonatal care. So, if you have a story to tell, please get involved!
Mum kissing her baby in a neonatal unit
Last year's overall winner - photo of Olivia-Grace courtesy of Danielle Benedict

What's the National Neonatal Audit Programme?

The NNAP helps neonatal units to improve the care they provide to babies who need specialist treatment. This includes babies who are born too early, with a low birth weight or who have medical conditions. We use information about the care of these babies to help hospitals to improve the care and outcomes for other babies in the future. 

Each year, the NNAP produces a national annual report and a parent and carer guide to the audit, called Your baby's care. This national report recommends how we can improve neonatal care.

The full NNAP report and information about each hospital are available on NNAP Online.

We want to include your pictures and stories in our reports to help us show why it's so important to continue to improve care. 

About our photo competition 

We’re looking for pictures of you and your baby’s experience across the following themes:

  • Looking after your baby at the time of birth
  • Your baby getting help breathing
  • Getting involved with your baby’s care
  • Soothing your baby while they receive treatment
  • Your baby getting help feeding (tube feeding, breastfeeding and expressing for your baby)
  • Your baby on the unit and at two years old
three photos. These could be from three different themes. However, if you have a photo that doesn’t link to a theme, please feel free to share it with us. We will accept up to three photos per entrant.

We also need a short quote that describes the picture, the aspect of your baby's care it shows and what it means to you.

The deadline for entries is Monday 12 June 2023.

We will select at least one overall winner to feature on the front cover of the NNAP summary report on 2022 data, due to be published this autumn. We will also select a range of photos from the different themes to feature in the parent and carer guide Your baby’s care. The selected entries may also be used in other NNAP promotional materials in our future publications.

How to enter

  • Find your photo(s) - Photos taken on most recent smartphones will be of good enough quality for this competition. Please do not resize the photo (as this could compromise the quality of the image) and make sure it is no larger than 20 MB.
  • Download and complete the entry form below - this includes the terms and conditions for you to read and accept. You will need to give your contact details, baby's first name, theme (if applicable) and a short quote.
  • Email the form and your photo(s) to

If you have any questions about the competition, just email us on or call 0207 092 6158. 

We look forward to seeing your photos!