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Photographers ‘snap’ their favourite green spaces

An early morning cyclist in Swinley Forest by Ian Harvey Brown

The results are in and an atmospheric photo of Swinley Forest has achieved the top spot in this year’s Bracknell Forest Parks Photographic Competition.

The photo was taken by Ian Harvey-Brown who lives in Harmans Water and features a cyclist riding through Swinley Forest in the early morning.

Ian said:

I love Bracknell Forest’s many and varied green spaces. It's what makes our Borough so unique. My winning photograph of the cyclist was taken relatively early one misty morning in September this year when the light looked truly amazing flooding through the trees. When a cyclist swept past me and I saw the light falling across him as he moved down the path I couldn't resist a photo. And certainly now I'm pleased I did!

Second place was awarded to James Critchlow for his photo of ‘Edge of the World’, also taken at Swinley Forest; third place went to Karen Giles for her shot ‘Waiting’ taken at South Hill Park in Bracknell. Other popular spaces included Lily Hill Park, Mill Park, Westmorland Park and Horseshoe Lake.

Overall, 91 images were submitted to the competition, which is open to amateur photographers, and is run by Bracknell Forest Council to celebrate the fantastic variety of green spaces in the borough.

The images were chosen by a panel of judges with a range of expertise including a professional photographic judge, an open space manager, a borough councillor and executive member, and curatorial input from South Hill Park Arts Trust.

Cllr Iain McCracken, executive member for culture, resources and public protection, said:

Congratulations to Ian for his well-deserved top spot in our competition, and thank you to everyone who shared with us images of their favourite green spaces.

We are very fortunate here in Bracknell Forest to have so much leisure choice and these images showcase just some of the most attractive areas of the Borough.

I would encourage everyone to pay a visit to their local park and open space to enjoy what nature has to offer

The winning photos will form part of an exhibition at South Hill Park early next year.

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