Winner of Romans 2017 Local Picture Competition

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4 Aug 2017

The winners of our Local Picture Competition donate £3,000 to local charities

Author: Antony Gibson

In June, Romans estate and letting agency launched The Local Picture, a photography competition encouraging the public to showcase their home towns. Up for grabs were a total of £1,250 of House of Fraser vouchers for the winners to keep for themselves and charitable donations totalling £3,000.

Antony Gibson, Sales Director at Romans, says: “After the success of the Local Picture in previous years, we were crossing our fingers that the local community would still be just as passionate about showcasing their home towns.

The judges had to make some very tough decisions to in order to pick the top three – they were extremely ruthless but in the end were very happy with the winners chosen.”

The judges’ first place goes to ‘Poppy field at Widbrook Common’ by Mick Vogel, a stunning shot of a poppy field in Cookham. Mick has chosen to split his £1,000 charitable donation between Wild Maidenhead and Cookham Wildlife Supporters, two charities which support local wildlife – a cause close to Mick’s heart.

Mick and all of the other winners, were awarded their prizes along with their chosen charities at their local Romans branch.

To view videos of the prize giving and to find out what the funds mean to the charities, go to our Youtube channel.

In second place, the judges chose ‘Temple Island on a chilly winter’s morning’ by Oli Anderson, a breath taking photo capturing sunrise across an ice cold lake in Henley. Oli’s £500 donation will be going to Harpsden pre-school. Located in Henley, the pre-school aims to offer fun and stimulating learning experiences catered to each child’s individual needs.

And, in third place ‘Horseshoe Golden Sunset’ by Paul Williams, a glistening aerial shot of an unusually shaped island near Yateley. On behalf of Paul, Romans will be donating £500 to The Lymphoma Association who are dedicated to provide care and support to those affected by Hodgkin’s and non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.  

The public took part in choosing their favourite photo too. The winning photo racked up an incredible 1,038 online votes and goes to Lizzie Barry with ‘Walking around always captures the imagination and takes you away from everyday life’, a beautiful photo of a picturesque pathway leading through Ockwells Park in Maidenhead. Lizzie won herself £500 of shopping vouchers and a £1,000 donation to ARC Counselling, a Wokingham based charity who provide free and confidential counselling to anyone who needs it, young or old. 

“The winning photos are all very different yet they all highlight the beauty of the local area” adds Antony. “We are really lucky to live in such a stunning area of the UK, with a great mixture of urban districts and rural woodland, as demonstrated by our four competition winners.”

You can view all of this years’ entries by going to: romans.co.uk/thelocalpicture.

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