GreenSpace and lottery launch photo competition to promote parks

The Postcards from the Park 2010 competition has been launched by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Big Lottery Fund and parks charity GreenSpace.

"Paddling in Diana Fountain" taken by John Lane in Hyde Park. Winner of the National/London winner Postcards from the Park competition 2007 - image:John Lane
"Paddling in Diana Fountain" taken by John Lane in Hyde Park. Winner of the National/London winner Postcards from the Park competition 2007 - image:John Lane

Designed to highlight parks’ importance to communities, users are being encouraged to visit their local parks to capture what they love most about them in a creative and imaginative way.

Now in its fourth year, Postcards from the Park attracts thousands of entries, underlining how much people value their parks.

Categories include wildlife, heritage and people at play.

The overall winner will receive receive £1,000 of Jessops vouchers and finalists will be in with a chance of winning an overnight stay in London and seeing their photo exhibited at a London Gallery.

Environmentalist and presenter, Chris Packham said:  "Parks are great places to take photos and there’ll be no problem finding loads of interesting subject matter, from wildlife to trees, and people having fun to detailed features on a bandstand or building. We are always impressed with the flair of photos we receive and I'm sure this year's entries will be even better."

HLF head of parks Drew Bennellick said: "At long last summer is almost here and it’s the perfect time to enjoy and explore our wonderful public parks. Many people don’t realise how much continued investment it takes to ensure they are kept in good condition which is why HLF and BIG are dedicated to supporting them with over £600m worth of investment to date. This competition aims to get everyone involved and encourage people to value what their park means to them in a fun and imaginative way."

GreenSpace CEO Paul Bramhill said:  "This competition is an excellent way for everyone to get out and about in and enjoy their local public park. ‘Postcards from the Park’ has now become one of the highlights of the parks’ calendar and I am looking forward to seeing all the entries."

The exhibition event will take place at Café Gallery in Southwark Park, London on Friday 3rd September where competition judges, celebrity photographer Mike McCartney and environmentalist Chris Packham will be meeting winners and talking about what the future holds for parks funding.

The closing date is Sunday 1 August 2010. To enter go to www.postcardsfromthepark.org.uk


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