Talented photographers around the world visit hospitals to bring Christmas magic to children and their families.

Heart Project Christmas Wish

Photo of Jessica from Heart Project Editor.

For the past four years The HeART Project, led by photographer Karen Alsop, has run a project to bring Christmas joy to sick children.

Santa and the volunteer team first visited the Monash Children’s Hospital in 2016 to visit sick kids who weren’t able to go home for Christmas. The team created incredible photo art portraits, that transport sick children into a Christmas wonderland (with the power of Photoshop!) and which kids’ families treasure.

In its 4th year, The Christmas Wish undertook a series of shoots globally in Adelaide, Brisbane, Perth, Sydney, Melbourne, Canada and the USA. There were 60 remote editors, 200 volunteers, 11 locations and 400+ images edited and presented to families.

Founder, Karen Alsop, was at each of these locations to oversee the project. In addition to their hospital visits, Karen, with the support of Nikon, Epson and other sponsors, ran full-day workshops in each state to train the growing team of volunteers.

“This project touches lives, it brings hope and joy to families going through very tough times. But it also provides an opportunity for photographers, artists, everyone really, to step out of their ‘everyday’ and give to a greater cause,” says Karen.


The before photo of Jessica.

This year, imaging experts, Nikon partnered with The HeART Project, providing photography workshops for volunteers to help capture an abundance of memories and bring smiles to the faces of those in need this Christmas.

“At Nikon, we believe photos go beyond just the moments themselves. They create memories, allowing us to treasure these experiences for a lifetime. We are privileged to have collaborated with The HeART Project to help bring these moments to life and put smiles on the faces of families this Christmas,” said John Young, General Manager of Marketing at Nikon Australia.


“There were so many great moments, and some difficult ones too,” says Robyn Campbell, a Melbourne-based photographer. “Photographing families for The Christmas Wish is an honour as you know you’re making a positive difference for children who are facing big challenges. At times, these children are so unwell they probably don’t feel like smiling, so we take the time to connect with them, and get to know them, before capturing a beautiful moment for their Christmas Wish.”

To learn more visit www.theheartproject.com.au.


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