“Family is the most important thing. I love this picture of me, Jefferson and our daughter Lila. Even though we have such busy lives, we always make time to be together as often as we can. I can’t imagine how hard it would be to have that choice taken away from me.” - Kate Moss

Imagine fleeing your country, your home, your life as you know it.

Imagine arriving in an unfamiliar country, unable to speak the language to convey the horrors your have witnessed, the traumas you’ve survived.

Imagine doing this all alone without the comfort of your family.

For some refugees arriving in the UK this is their reality.

For these people, a crumpled photograph folded up in a back pocket is often the closest connection they have to their relatives who they’ve left behind hundreds or even thousands of miles away.

Many families become separated as they flee the chaos of war and embark on long dangerous journeys to find sanctuary.

Mothers and fathers from their children, brothers from sisters, grandparents from grandchildren.

But it needn’t be this way. Amnesty UK, as part of the #FamiliesTogether campaign, is calling for the easing of restrictive UK rules for refugees who have been separated from their families.

We are asking the public, MPs and celebrities - including supermodel Kate Moss - to celebrate family life in all its wonderful glory by submitting their own treasured photographs to the UK’s Biggest Family Photo Album.

We want to show the Government that this country cares about the vulnerable people arriving on its shores and believes that they should be able to reunite with their closest family members.

At the moment, children who arrive alone in the UK have no right under immigration rules to be reunited with even their parents or siblings, leaving them vulnerable and without the emotional support they need to overcome the suffering they have experienced.

Current laws only explicitly allow spouses or partners and their dependent children under the age of 18 to join adult refugees.

This means a parent could bring their young teenagers to a country of safety but be forced to leave their 19-year-old child behind in a warzone.

Submitting your photo to Amnesty’s album has the power to change laws - giving refugees the promise of a safe future with their family after enduring so much.

Earlier this year, MPs voted overwhelmingly in favour of changing the rules keeping refugee families apart.

The UK’s Biggest Family Photo Album will be presented to the Home Office as a call to help those who have been torn apart from their closest family members – offering them a chance to rebuild their lives and look forward to safe, happy futures together. Sajid Javid has the power to change these rules with the stroke of a pen.

To submit a photo, visit www.amnesty.org.uk/family

The photo can be recent or old, and show any moment that you hold precious. Virgin Experience Days 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.

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This campaign is supported by the players of People’s Postcode Lottery.

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, 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.

Join the UK's biggest family photo album

Choose your favourite family picture, and tell us why this photo is special so we can share your story in Amnesty’s album. Thank you!

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