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30 children from Croydon have been shortlisted in brand new photography competition

The Whitgift Foundation has announced the shortlist for the Capturing Croydon photography competition. 30 children from local primary schools in Croydon have been selected for their images of the borough, and now have a chance to win top photography prizes.

  • 30 budding photographers have been selected from 146 schoolchildren for a chance to win top photography prizes 
  • The initiative inspires children to explore their surroundings and the changes happening to Croydon’s urban landscape
  • Over 400 images were submitted of their hometown
  • The winner will be announced on 3 July 
  • The competition is part of a borough-wide initiative by The Whitgift Foundation, sponsored by the Croydon Partnership

Each class took part in a workshop led by a professional photographer and geographer. They were given cameras to explore different aspects of Croydon through a photographic lens; from the historic landmarks to the exciting new developments happening in Croydon, Capturing Croydon is inspiring local schools to engage with their evolving surroundings.

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

One winner will be chosen based on the following criteria:

  • Old and new
  • Nature and manmade
  • Community
  • Mood and emotion
  • Composition

The six schools that are taking part in the initiative 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 workshops were led by:

  • Richard Chivers, an award-winning architectural photographer. 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 

Capturing Croydon is sponsored by the Croydon Partnership, the joint venture between Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield and Hammerson 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: “It’s fantastic to see how these young Croydonians have responded to the workshops. Some have focused on the history of the borough from the 400-year-old Whitgift Almshouses and the 12thcentury Old Palace of John Whitgift School. Others, however, have captured the community, from people walking through side streets to market sellers in Surrey Street Market. The images bring together a collective history of Croydon, and show the youth of today are beginning to understand their sense of place in Croydon today.”

Jo Negrini, CEO of Croydon Council, said: “This is a great local initiative from The Whitgift Foundation that introduces children to photography in a way that, hopefully, makes them proud to be from Croydon. Looking through the shortlist is like seeing Croydon in a new light, and it looks like these workshops have inspired these children to look at their hometown a little differently.”

Steve Yewman, Development Director, Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield said: “As part of the Croydon Partnership redevelopment, we are aware that we’re becoming part of Croydon’s rich history and community. I’m honoured to support Capturing Croydon, an initiative that has inspired children to discover the borough through photography.”

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