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Photographers capture Bracknell Forest’s success as a ‘Great Place to Grow!’

Mushroom in woodland

Six winning pics have been chosen in this year’s Bracknell Forest photo competition, which celebrates the borough as a great place to live, work and learn.

Over 70 entries from amateur photographers were submitted to the 'Great Place to Grow' photographic competition, which is run in partnership by Bracknell Forest Council and the Economic Skills and Development Partnership (ESDP).

Winning photographers included Paul Smailes, with his wildlife shots of a fungus and a frog; reflecting Bracknell Forest’s great natural environment, and Jason Frost for his photo of the jumping spider at South Hill Park. Photographers Janice Sizmur and Ruth Mason chose to capture how Bracknell Forest is growing economically with their fantastic shots of The Lexicon. 

'Reflecting on a summer evening in Bracknell', by Janice Sizmur

'Blending development - old and new - Bracknell town', by Ruth Mason

There were also some very high quality photos submitted to the under-18 category. Sandia Lenarduzzi aged 12 took the top spot with her striking image of the leaf titled ‘Quiet after the storm’ and Joe Hope, who is a photography student at Bracknell and Wokingham College, received a commendation for his colourful night-time shot of The Lexicon. 

The quiet after the storm’, by Sandia Lenarduzzi

The 6 winning photos were chosen by a panel of judges that comprised business members from the ESDP, officers from Bracknell Forest Council and an accredited photographic judge. Photographers will receive The Lexicon gift cards, which have been generously donated by local businesses Fryer Commercial and Duncan Yeardley Estate Agents and the Chairman of the ESDP, Bob Collis. 

Bob, a keen amateur photographer said:

“The ESDP is pleased to have joined with Bracknell Forest Council in sponsoring this year’s competition and are delighted with the large number of quality entries received from local photographers. The creativity involved in taking the photographs has been a delight to see.

The competition demonstrates how successful the Borough has been in supporting growth for all; including its residents, workers and those in education. I’m looking forward to seeing our finalists images on display at the exhibition at South Hill Park Arts Centre next year.”