• 11 year old Estelle has been selected from 146 schoolchildren as the winner of the Capturing Croydon competition
  • Over 400 images were submitted which captured the children’s responses to their surroundings and the changes happening to Croydon’s urban landscape
  • The competition is part of a borough-wide initiative by The Whitgift Foundation, sponsored by the Croydon Partnership

On 3rd July Sarah Jones MP, Central Croydon, awarded 6 budding photographers top prizes for their images of Croydon, as part of The Whitgift Foundation’s Capturing Croydon Competition.

The Whitgift Foundation ran one-day bespoke workshops throughout March where pupils from 6 local primary schools were given the opportunity to discover Croydon through a photographic lens. Through exploring historic landmarks alongside the exciting new developments happening in Croydon, local schoolchildren engaged with their surrounding in a new and inspiring way.

Estelle, aged 11, from Atwood Primary took the winning photo at the very first Capturing Croydon workshop, in the Queen’s Gardens in the centre of Croydon.

Prizes were also awarded to runners up from the following categories:

  • COMMUNITY: Adnan Niaz from All Saints Primary
  • OVERALL MOOD / FEELING: Alisia from Howard Primary
  • COMPOSITION: Indra Joy from Beaumont Primary
  • NATURAL VS. MANMADE: Lily Adams from Fairchildes Primary
  • OLD AND NEW: Maira from St Peters

Following multiple rounds of competitive judging, All Saints Primary was awarded the prize for overall winning school by presenting the strongest collection of images from the workshops.

Martin Corney, Chief Executive of the Whitgift Foundation “We launched this competition to engage local school children with their surroundings in Croydon and I am extremely impressed by the collection of photography that has come out of this initiative spearheaded by The Whitgift Foundation. It is great to see how the workshops have developed the children’s understanding of both Croydon’s history and its future developments.”

Steve Yewman, Development Director, Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield said of the winning work: “Estelle’s image confidently depicts so many aspects of the regeneration of Croydon. She has captured both our growing urban landscape and our important green spaces in one shot. I am blown away by the response to the workshops from these children, who have been both surprised and delighted by Croydon.”

Jo Negrini, CEO of Croydon Council, said of the winning school: “The judging process was extremely difficult due to the outstanding quality of work across the board. The final collection from All Saints Primary wonderfully depict the both the history and future of Croydon. The winning school, and the collection of imagery as a whole, shows how Croydon’s future engage with their hometown.”

Sarah Jones, MP for Croydon Central: “I think this is a really good initiative and the pictures perfectly capture Croydon. The power of the image is so great in today’s society, and I think the more people are taking the time to look at the communities they live in, the more they actually understand their sense of place, and that they are part of that community. Some of the places the children went to they had probably walked passed a million times before but never really looked at, but if you understand where you live and take the time to look around and see it, it helps you love and understand it.”