Spaces win accolades for photographers

Published on: Tuesday, 13-October-2015

A photography competition that invited people in Knowsley to capture images of ‘spaces’ that make them feel good has attracted hundreds of high quality entries.

The Knowsley Spaces Competition was run by Knowsley Council’s Public Health team and invited people to submit their images of places that inspired them to think, learn or meet as part of a focus on a healthier, happier Knowsley. The pictures were all uploaded into an online album with judges picking their favourites.
 
Winning entries in the adult categories were ‘Northwood Forest Hills Pond in Kirkby’ by Chris White (Spaces to Think); ‘Damsel in Distress’ by Alan Swift (Spaces to Learn) and ‘Light and Dark’ by William Baker (Spaces to Meet). Northwood Hills Pond in Kirkby by Christopher White
 
In the under 18s categories the winners were ‘A Place to Think’ by Stephen Brown (Spaces to Think); ‘Grandad’s Garden’ by John McLoughlin (Spaces to Learn) and ‘Elves Safehouse’ by Liam (Spaces to Meet).
 
With more than 250 entries to the competition the judging panel – which was made up of representatives from Knowsley Council, Public Health and the Knowsley Clinical Commissioning Group - had a difficult job to pick winners, but all the images are still available to view on Flickr at www.flickr.com/groups/knowsleyspaces. Entries are also on display on a digital picture frame at the Knowsley Open art exhibition, which is now on at Huyton Gallery. Meanwhile, the winning entries from the Spaces competition will go on display in the Kirkby Centre later this year.
 
The winning photographers received their prizes at a presentation by Cllr Eddie Connor, Knowsley Council’s Cabinet Member for Public Health and Wellbeing at Huyton Gallery.
 
Cllr Connor said: “If anyone hasn’t had a look at the entries that we had in this competition I really recommend that they do take a look.
 
“I’m so pleased that this competition, which is the first time we’ve run it, seems to have really captured the imaginations of local people and inspired them to create some really fantastic images. Some are of Knowsley, some are from further afield, some are of people, pets or even objects. But all of them are things which really mean something to the person who took the photographs, and I think that comes across very clearly.
 
“The aim of the competition was to get people thinking about health and wellbeing, and I definitely think it has done that.
 
“Well done to all the winners and also to everyone who took the time to enter. Your images will continue to be enjoyed by everyone in the weeks and months ahead.”
 
The ‘Spaces’ photography competition was run by Knowsley Council and was open to people of all ages and abilities who live, work, volunteer or study in Knowsley.

 

Photo caption: Hills Pond in Kirkby by Christopher White, winner in the Spaces to Think category of the Knowsley Spaces photography competition.