Brand new for 2019, John Whitgift Foundation is delighted to launch Capturing Croydon, a borough wide photography competition bringing together year 6 pupils from six local primary schools in Croydon.

In one-day bespoke workshops led by a professional photographer and geographer, 146 pupils were given cameras to discover Croydon through a photographic lens. From the historic landmarks to the exciting new developments happening in Croydon, Capturing Croydon set out to inspire children from local schools to engage with their historic and evolving surroundings.

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

With 30 children shortlisted for their images, the winners were announced at a special Awards Ceremony at the historic Old Palace of John Whitgift School in Croydon on 3 July.

11 year old Estelle from Atwood Primary School was selected as the overall winner, taking her winning photo in the Queen’s Gardens in the centre of Croydon during the very first workshop.

All Saints Primary was awarded overall winning school by presenting the strongest collection of images from the workshops, winning £250 worth of photography equipment for their school.

About the Competition

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

The six schools that took part were:

  • 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

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 John 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 John 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.”

Get involved

Want to find out how your school can participate in next year’s Capturing Croydon competition?

Contact communications@johnwhitgiftfoundation.org to find out more.