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Communities in Focus – winners revealed!

28 February 2013


The winners of BIG’s Communities in Focus photo competition have been announced. Launched last November, the competition was part of a range of activity celebrating the work of BIG-funded projects and the communities it supports in England.

Judges from the competition’s three partners, Big Lottery Fund’s England Director Dharmendra Kanani, Media Trust Marketing Director Gavin Sheppard and Local World’s Digital Marketing Manager Zoe Bowring reviewed a shortlist of 20 entries from each category, whittled down from 300 entries in total.

Photo judging in progress

The judges had a tough job choosing their favourite community images

After much deliberation, they chose ‘British Together’ by Bonnie Evans Hills, as the winning entry in the community category and ‘Zara enjoying the freedom disability cycling day’ by Steve Marsden, as the most inspiring image of a project funded by Big Lottery Fund making a difference.

You can hear what the judges had to say about the winning entries by watching the videos at the top of this blog.

The picture of Zara enjoying the enjoying the freedom disability cycling day was from the CTC Cycle Champions project in Sheffield, part of Sustrans’ Active Travel scheme supported by £20 million from the Big Lottery Fund’s Well-being programme.

CTC Cycle Champions Sheffield was funded to work with local people from hard to reach communities, different ethnic backgrounds and disabilities. It has benefited around 5,000 people, including 1,500 through the disability project Zara is enjoying in the photo, and includes mental health cycling, visually impaired tandem rides, introducing bikability into special schools, and Asian woman’s cycling in hard to reach communities.

Competition winner Steve Marsden, Cycle Development officer, said: “The picture of Zara represents everything we have been trying to create through our cycling project. The support of Big Lottery Fund and volunteers has made all of this happen. Zara took a little coaxing, having never been on a bike before, but enjoyed every second of it.

“Through the project we have managed to work with Sheffield City Council, the PCT, Parks and Countryside and local cycling organisations – bringing them all together round the table and talk to each other. Without the volunteers and the support of our host of the project; Heeley Development Trust, manager Andy Jackson and his team, all this wouldn’t have been possible.”

To view galleries of all the shortlisted photos in our Communities in Focus competition, visit our website. Which is your favourite? Let us know on Twitter by using #BIGeng or leave a comment below.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. 8 March 2013 8:05 pm

    i know zara from burton street

    • Big Lottery Fund permalink*
      11 March 2013 10:20 am

      Thanks for your comment – isn’t it a lovely picture! We were amazed at the quality of entries we received for Communities in Focus! 🙂

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