Am­a­teurs cap­ture the beauty of wa­ter­ways

Pho­tog­ra­phers sub­mit im­ages for com­pe­ti­tion

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Robert Cum­ber robert.cum­ber@trin­i­tymir­

TH­ESE stun­ning im­ages cap­ture the breath­tak­ing beauty and as­ton­ish­ing di­ver­sity of wa­ter­ways run­ning through west and north Lon­don.

From stun­ning sun­sets and roam­ing wildlife to ca­noeists and house­boats, the pho­tos show the breadth of life along the cap­i­tal’s canals and rivers.

They were all taken by am­a­teur snap­pers for the Liv­ing Wa­ter­ways com­pe­ti­tion, jointly run by the en­vi­ron­men­tal char­ity Thames 21 and the Brent Catch­ment Part­ner­ship.

More than 50 peo­ple from across Bar­net, Brent, Eal­ing, Har­row and Houn­slow en­tered the con­test, which was set up to pro­mote im­prove­ments along the River Brent and its trib­u­taries.

All the short­listed en­tries are now avail­able to view on the new Brent Catch­ment Part­ner­ship web­site, where you can also find up­dates on work to sus­tain and en­hance lo­cal wa­ter­ways, in­clud­ing vol­un­tary clean-ups.

You can also see them at the W7 Em­po­rium, 60 Bos­ton Road, Han­well, whereh a f free di dis­playl run­ning un­til April 24.

Emma Har­ring­ton, de­vel­op­ment man­ager at Thames21, said the short­listed en­tries il­lus­trated the unique and pic­turesque qual­i­ties of the River Brent and its trib­u­taries, which to­gether for 82km.

“Thames21 is all about putting rivers at the heart of com­mu­nity life and so, to in­spire more peo­ple to get in­volved with their lo­cal wa­ter­ways, we de­vised this am­a­teur pho­tog­ra­phy com­pe­ti­tion to en­cour­age peo­ple to en­gage with wa­ter­ways,” she added.

“By us­ing new medi­ums to get peo­ple


i is in­spired, it was also hoped that we’d be able to re­veal some of Lon­don’s hid­den beauty spots and, by shar­ing those pho­tos, in­spire oth­ers to dis­cover and en­joy them too.”

The £100 first prize was won by Clive Hicks, of Eal­ing, for his en­try ‘River Brent in Frost’.

Judges said they were im­pressed by the photo’s ‘time­less qual­ity’, only to dis­cover af­ter mak­ing their de­ci­sion that it was ac­tu­ally taken 40 years ago.

Clive said: “I find that tak­ing pho­tos re­ally opens one’s eyes to the beauty that is ev­ery­where.

“Wa­ter – rivers, lakes, and canals – is al­ways an en­hance­ment to a lo­cal­ity with a spe­cial qual­ity.

“Win­ning this com­pe­ti­tion was such a sur­prise, and I’m de­lighted that the im­age will be used to en­cour­age peo­ple to visit and en­joy their lo­cal wa­ter­ways.”

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