Last chance to enter photo competition

Capture Tower Hamlets by Julio Etchart

Document Tower Hamlets as it transforms from just another East London borough to an Olympic borough.

Organised by Shoot Experience Photography and funded by Heritage Lottery Fund, the contest invites amateurs and professionals to visually represent Tower Hamlets via their images of the borough.

Photos of anything – from local people, cultures, expressions, landscapes, activities to perspectives – are welcome. If you surprise and awe the judges, you might be one of the few lucky ones to have your work published at Tower Hamlets Local History Library & Archives from 8 November to 5 January. Deadline for entries is 6pm on Monday, 17 October.

Professional photographer and social historian Alan Dein, photographers Wasma Mansour and Toby Smith as well as archivist Malcolm Barr-Hamilton will make up the judging panel at the competition.

Hannah  White, Head of Events at Shoot Experience organisation, said: “The  competition is a platform for the local community to engage in their  borough in a creative way. They can use photography to record how they  feel about where they live and the competition gives them a voice  encouraging them to be a part of the history of their area and think  about the changes that are taking place in the boroughs.”

Shoot Experience produced Capture Hackney in Hackney in 2010 as first part of the project Mapping The Change, an initiative run by Hackney Museum that aims  to record and document changes to three of the Olympic host boroughs for future generations.

The winner will receive a camera and a photography advice session with one of the judges, photographer Wasma Mansour. Runners up will receive Canary Wharf shopping vouchers, posters and postcards from last summer’s London exhibition of the photographer Vivian Maier.

It is free to submit entries and participants can submit up to five images, so hurry up and make sure Tower Hamlets is perceived in the light you see it in!

Here are some of the contestants’ submissions:

Capture Tower Hamlets by Natalie Clarke








Capture Tower Hamlets by Steven Quinn









You can enter the competition here


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