Our Space Project Photographic Competition

 Life is better by water

See all our Life is better by Water competition entries by clicking on the links  below

                                             ADULT CATEGORY              JUNIOR CATEGORY

We had an incredible response to our ‘Life is Better by Water’ photographic competition, held in partnership with the Canal & River Trust ,  and it was incredibly hard to choose a winner from all the fantastic entries.  

Judging the competition was Maggie Finney, a member of the Royal Photographic Society who comments: 

 “Alongside technical skills and creativity, in selecting the winners I wanted to see how the photographers had fulfilled the required brief, and what the picture communicated in terms of emotion or sense of place. The entries were all to a tremendously high standard, and it was difficult to choose a winner, but in the end the two winners had just a little extra something.”

Those two winners were:

Junior category: Brad aged 11 for his shot of a heron reflected in the water 
Adult category: Simon Bridgewater for his shot of sunset over the canal.

Simon Bridgewater comments: “For me the canal networks and surrounding countryside have been a welcome part of being able to take daily exercise during lockdown and we are lucky to have it all at our disposal on our doorsteps. I am most humbled to have won this competition.  I have always been into photography, however this literally just was a spur of the moment captured in a photograph using my phone. I was walking the stretch of canal back from Dimmingsdale towards Wightwick, when I happened to look back behind me and thought “That looks stunning ” so out came the phone.

“I personally have enjoyed seeing people’s pictures shared during the challenging times of Covid19 and likewise I hope other people will get similar enjoyment out of my photo.”

You can see the two winning entries simply by clicking on the name of the winners above.

The competition was part of Wildside’s collaboration with the Canal & River Trust,  a national charity that works with volunteers and communities across England and Wales to transform canals and rivers into spaces where local people want to spend time and feel better. Gavin Passmore, from Canal & River Trust said: “Our canals are home to a wide variety of wildlife, industrial heritage and modern engineering and, these photographs have certainly captured the essence of what our canal network has to offer. Well done to the winners and indeed to everyone who sent in a photograph.”