My name is Christopher Diedo and I am 23. I am a keen photographer and I won two prizes in this year's Snap! photo competition. I first became interested in photography when I saw Dad taking pictures. Even when I was very little, he used to give me his camera to take photographs. Other adults used to say: "Mind you don't drop that camera", but not Dad. He always said I was a good photographer.
I won awards for two of my photos through the Snap! competition (below left). I'm really excited about the prize giving night in London because I think there are going to be some famous people there.
I've also had my own exhibition. About two years ago I was at the Mick Jagger Centre in Dartford and I asked the manager if I could hold an exhibition of my photographs there. Straight away she said: "Why not?" Now, about 3,000 people have seen my exhibition. Ten of my pictures are also being shown at the ‘Shifting Perspectives' exhibition, at London's Oxo Tower in June.
My camera has given me the chance to get to know people
I've never taken any photography classes – I just watched my dad and listened to his advice. Most of the people I take pictures of want to talk to me afterwards and I enjoy this. My camera has given me the chance to get to know people I would never have met otherwise.
My friends who have seen my exhibition posters and who have seen my picture in the local papers have told me I'm famous now. I think I must be. The leader of Dartford Borough Council has told my dad that he wants me to show my photographs at the council offices and even at Dartford's new football stadium. I've also been interviewed by BBC Radio Kent.
I play the bongo drums in a band
I live in Dartford with my family. As well as taking pictures, I play the bongo drums in a band called Rush Hour, and I love going to drama classes at DGSM yourChoice – a charity that is affiliated to Mencap. I'm a senior altar server at St. Vincent's RC Church in Dartford, where I have been serving for the past 17 years. I also enjoy keeping fit.
I'm lucky because my family, and most people I know, have always given me every chance to do my best. When I'm not sure if I can do something, I say I'll have a go. I think that is what everyone with a learning disability should be happy to say. If they are encouraged like I have been, and more people say to them, "Why not?" instead of "You can't!", then the world will be a better place for us all.
To see more of Christopher's photographs, go to www.christopher-diedo.co.uk