Residents living around Daubeney Fields are being given the opportunity to win a monthly prize following the launch of an exciting photojournalist competition.
Organised by Daubeney Fields Forever and funded by Sanctuary Housing, Heroes of the Hood encourages the community to capture photographs and record the voices of those who help others around them using digital cameras and mobile phones.
Heroes of the Hood follows the theme from Sanctuary Housing’s Community Awards held in March, celebrating people who make the neighbourhood a great place to live.
This project is funded by Sanctuary Group’s Community Investment Fund, supporting projects which benefit Sanctuary residents and their communities.
How can residents capture the perfect photograph?
Residents can attend monthly photo skills sessions at their local community centre which will help them in their quest to capture the best photographs.
The sessions will be led by local photographer Ian Roberts who will teach students how to compose pictures, plan projects, and create a story using visual media, as well as pass on essential technical skills to capture the perfect picture.
Ian commented: “This photography project is like a big community ‘selfie’. We want to record the positive changes taking place in our neighbourhood and the people making them happen. It’s a fantastic opportunity to capture local history in the making and learn photography skills at the same time.”
How do residents enter the competition?
Running for 11 months, photographers will be able to submit their pictures to a panel of judges. The best images will be shared through social media and each month the winner will receive a £30 prize and see their picture on www.daubeneyfieldsforever.com.
During spring 2016, at the end of the competition, an exhibition of the top photographs will be displayed as it tours around the community.
Jo Revett, Sanctuary Housing’s neighbourhood partnerships manager, said: “This is a lovely example of a community-led programme that will bring the neighbourhood together and recognise those who go above and beyond.
“I look forward to seeing the examples of photography and quotes provided by our residents.”
Residents from around Daubeney Fields and on the fringes of Hackney Marshes can take part in the competition. For more info and to book onto the photo skills sessions, call Gerry on 07806 689 836 or come along on the night.