Happy snappers win photography awards

Happy snappers win photography awards

Amanda Hall

Happy snappers win photography awards

Happy snappers are being rewarded for their efforts to capture community life in the borough.

The second annual Royal Borough Community Safety Partnership photography competition aimed to increase community pride by encouraging entrants to illustrate what their local area means to them.

Winners have been picked in three catagories - best adult, best under 18 and best Olympic-themed picture.

Joanne Heitzmann-Harberd, of Buckland Crescent in Windsor, scooped the top prize in the adult section for her photograph of the lighting of the jubilee beacon in Long Walk (below).

The 37-year-old said: "It was really nice when the beacon was lit because everybody cheered and started singing.

"I thought it was an important event for our community and am really pleased it was the winning photo."

Winner of the under 18s category was St Piran's School pupil Max Williams, who lives in Littlewick Green, with his picture of a homemade cupcake decorated with a Union Jack (above).

Proud mum Karen Hope said the nine-year-old is a keen baker who made the cake for a diamond jubilee party in June.

She said: "He was so chuffed when he found out that he had won, he told all of his friends and teachers at school."

Windsor Boys School pupil Tom Cullingham's picture of a torchbearer came top in the Olympic category.

The budding photographer of York Avenue, Windsor, is studying photography at A-level.

The 17-year-old said: "I was not expecting it and I am proud to have won and excited, and it is the first thing I have ever won."

Runners-up in the competition include Melanie Gow in the adult category for her black and white picture of musician Royston Thomas having his long dreadlocks chopped to raise money for seven-year-old Vivi Gregory-Osborne.

The Windsor school girl suffers from spastic quadriplegic cerebral palsy and her family are trying to raise £50-70,000 to pay for an operation and 20 years of follow-up treatment.

Lesley Markham's photograph of a canoeing event at Dorney Lake also came second in the Olympic section.

The winners and runners-up were due to be presented with certificates by the Mayor for Windsor and Maidenhead, Cllr Colin Rayner, at Maidenhead town hall last night.

The top snaps will be on display at the East Berkshire College's Windsor campus in St Leonards Road from Monday until the following Friday as well as Maidenhead Library from Monday, December 17 until Friday, December 21.

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