Children from Cricket Green, a school for children with moderate learning difficulties in Mitcham, have achieved outstanding success, winning first prize in a London-wide children’s photography project called Viewpoints.
144 children, across London, from 16 Boroughs, went out and took photographs of their local environment. The theme was ‘My Life on October 1st’.
The nine children armed with digital cameras hit the streets of Mitcham with Merton Children’s Fund Participation Worker, Lizzy Webster and art teacher, Paul Lansley. The focus was to capture images of home, rural and urban life through the eyes of the children.
The children chose to go “rural ” in the morning, exploring the gravel pits and the old lido on Mitcham Common. Later, the children took pictures in the market of Mitcham town centre.
First prize was awarded to eleven-year-old Craig Kelly whose winning photograph is attached. Other shortlisted photographs, also attached, were from Leanne Van Stewart and George Carey.
The winners were selected last week at City Hall where all the photos have been on public display (20-26th November). Mayor of London, Ken Livingstone hailed the children who took part.
“Children see and experience the city differently. This photographic exhibition is a celebration of children in our city and gives us a unique insight into how young Londoners view the capital.”
In the spring there will be another exhibition at the Museum of Childhood, Bethnal Green.
Lizzy Webster is happy to be interviewed about the competition. She is contactable at children’s charity Jigsaw4u, on 020 8687 1384.
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