As the official communications services partner of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, we believe our role is not just to install the vital communications services to connect people to the Games; it's also to help tell the story of the people and places at the heart of making London 2012 happen.

BT is providing the funding for the National Portrait Gallery to commission world-class photographers to take 100 new portraits of the people making a difference for the Olympic and Paralympic Games. From businessmen and athletes to children and construction workers, the Road to 2012 tells stories to inspire a nation and become a lasting legacy long after the Olympic and Paralympic Games have finished.

The London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games are a once in a lifetime experience. It's important for the cultural history of the nation that this is documented and celebrated properly - and as a Premier Partner of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad, BT is proud to be making this possible.

BT launched the 'Everyday People on the Road to 2012' competition in 2009. Last year's winner was Ian Morrissey. His prize was to have his portrait taken by commissioned photographer Emma Hardy. Ian's portrait hung alongside famous faces of Olympic athletes in the National Portrait Gallery in summer 2011.