Shriners Hospital Photographer Wins Place in Children’s Hospital National Exhibit

Three photographs by Shriners Hospitals for Children – Northern California photographer Julia Serat were selected for inclusion in the 2015 Children’s Hospitals Photo Exhibit, a national competition administered by the Children’s Hospital Association. The exhibit is comprised of powerful images of brave patients, supportive families and compassionate health care providers. It celebrates the commitment to the health of all children shared by children’s hospitals throughout America and showcases what makes children’s hospitals unique.

“Photography has the power to move us, as it captures both ordinary and extraordinary moments that may otherwise pass unremarkably. These images reflect the comprehensive care given by all members of our Shriners Hospital team, helping patients achieve successful moments despite their circumstances or challenges,” Serat notes. “It is my privilege to share these images through the Photo Exhibit, so that others may also be moved by how children’s hospitals impact the lives of many, one patient at a time.”

The photographs in the exhibit were chosen from more than 250 entries submitted by 57 children’s hospitals across the country by a distinguished panel of judges representing Parents magazine, The Exposure Group, The National Portrait Gallery, American University’s School of Communications and the Children’s Hospitals Today editorial advisory group. Among the judges were a former Chief White House photographer and the Director of the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C. Judges were asked to consider the subject and quality of the photo as well as the composition, clarity of focus and structure.

Each of the photographs Serat has in the 2015 exhibit tells a different story:

  • On a Different Note is a compelling portrait of a burn patient treated at the Northern California Shriners Hospital playing the piano without the fingers she lost to her injury.

On a Different Note

  • In Full Swing is a portrait of a beautiful young girl shown swinging her prosthetic leg over a play structure in the hospital waiting area.

In Full Swing

  • Learning from the Best captures the intense interaction between a Shiners Hospital surgeon and resident in the operating room.

“Shriners Hospitals for Children is fortunate to have such a gifted photographer capturing the amazing things that happen at our Northern California hospital each day,” says Margaret Bryan, Hospital Administrator and CEO. “Julia’s photographs open our eyes to the power of complex, compassionate pediatric care and tell stories that words cannot.

“These pictures allow people to see and feel the tremendous impact children’s hospitals have on the lives of our young, vulnerable and inspired youth, and that is something for which we can all be grateful,” Bryan adds.

Serat’s professional affiliations include the BioCommunications Association, where she currently serves on the Board of Directors, and the National Association of Photoshop Professionals. She has received numerous professional awards in photographic competitions, and has had photos published in textbooks, scientific journals, and photo annals as well as displayed in media and artist’s exhibitions, including the Children’s Hospitals exhibit.
The Children’s Hospitals Photo Exhibit will begin its national tour in Washington, D.C., where the photographs will be on display to the general public the week of June 22nd in the rotunda of the Russell Senate Building. The exhibit will travel around the country for two years displaying at partnering organizations and children’s hospitals, including Shriners Hospitals for Children – Northern California. For more information on the exhibit, go online to the Children’s Hospital Association at

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