‘Happiness’ – BHA Photography Competition Exhibition

Wednesday 25th – Monday 30th November
Open 11am-6pm Daily (free admission)

Happy Celia

Happiness… it’s kind of a big deal, isn’t it?

Whatever our background, wherever we come from, we all know what ‘happiness’ is. But for each of us, happiness means something different. That makes sense, doesn’t it? After all, we are all unique.

How often do you really stop to think…’What does happiness mean to me?’

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Happy Human symbol, the British Humanist Association launched a Photography Competition Exhibition on the theme of ‘Happiness’. The celebration of happiness and sharing what it means to us is one small way in which we can build mutual understanding and identify common ground amongst people of differing backgrounds.


It is 50 years since the British Humanist Association (BHA) held a competition to design a new symbol that would encapsulate what it means to strive for a fulfilling existence in a world of our own making. The competition was won by Dennis Barrington, and his Happy Human icon is now recognised across the globe for its capacity to convey humanist values. It states with directness and simplicity that humanity’s agency is a gift, and the only licence needed to find joy in the one life we have.

Since the symbol was designed half a century ago, far more people have embraced a humanist worldview and come to find great purpose in experiencing the world with only their fellow human beings and the natural world as their guide.

The Strand Gallery:
32 John Adam Street, London, WC2N 6BP
Opening Times:
Monday – Sunday: 11am – 6pm


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