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Croydon primary school children get snap happy in new competition

We are delighted to announce our new photography competition for year 6 pupils from six local primary schools in Croydon: Capturing Croydon.

In one-day bespoke workshops taking place throughout March, pupils will be given cameras to discover Croydon through a photographic lens. From the historic landmarks to the exciting new developments happening in Croydon, Capturing Croydon will inspire children from local schools to engage with their historic and evolving surroundings.

Images taken by the children at the workshops will be entered into the competition for a chance to win prizes including cameras and photography equipment.

The workshops will be led by:

  • Award-winning architectural photographer Richard Chivers. Richard’s work has appeared in the Sunday Time Magazine, Evening Standard, and New York Times
  • Dr Paula Owens, BBC geography advisor and Canterbury University Research Fellow

The schoolchildren will be encouraged to explore their own unique sense of place and engage with the changing urban landscape of Croydon through photography.

The six schools taking part are:

  • All Saints Primary School, Croydon
  • Atwood Primary Academy, South Croydon
  • Howard Primary, Croydon
  • Fairchildes Primary School, New Addington
  • Beaumont Primary School, Purley
  • St Peter’s Primary School, South Croydon

The winner will be announced at a special Award’s Ceremony at the historic Old Palace of John Whitgift School in Croydon on 3 July.

Capturing Croydon is sponsored by the Croydon Partnership, the joint venture between Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield and Hammerson PLC set to transform Croydon’s two main shopping centres Whitgift and Centrale into a world class retail and leisure destination.

Martin Corney, Chief Executive of the Whitgift Foundation said: “Each workshop will start at the historic Whitgift Almshouses, and will begin the schoolchildren’s discovery of the borough and its 400-year-old history, through its iconic landmarks and modern-day developments taking place. Capturing Croydon will enable them to discover the stories and hidden histories behind their borough, as well as help them better understand what it means to them today.”

Steve Yewman, Development Director of Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield, said: “As the Croydon Partnership redevelopment becomes part of Croydon’s busy, bustling urban landscape, we hope that this exciting initiative will engage children with their area. I’m thrilled that as part of our partnership with The Whitgift Foundation, we can help inspire children to learn more about the borough, and see their hometown in a new light.”

Carolyn Kenney, Development Director, Hammerson added: “This is a great initiative which offers children a great opportunity to capture how they see Croydon and how important the built environment is to residents and visitors. We look forward to seeing the results and hope that this project shines a light on the up-and-coming creative talent within the Borough.”  

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