Living Waterways of North and West London – Winner Announced

Thames21 and the Brent Catchment Partnership are pleased to announce the winners of this year’s Living Waterways of North and West London Photo Competition.

Ealing resident Clive Hicks has captured the imaginations of a panel of judges with his remarkable picture of the River Brent in Frost, taken almost exactly 40 years ago.
The photo shows the River Brent where it runs through Pitshanger Park, taken on 16th December 1975.

'River Brent in Frost' by Clive Hicks
‘River Brent in Frost’ by Clive Hicks

Judges had shortlisted the photo and deemed it worthy of the £100 cash prize before they found out its age. Mike Tsang of Mike Tsang Photography who selected the winner and runners up from the shortlist, praised the ‘timeless composition’ of the photograph.

Clive Hicks, who took the photograph said: “I find that taking photos really opens one’s eyes to the beauty that is everywhere. Water – rivers, lakes, canals – is always an enhancement to a locality with a special quality…winning this competition was such a surprise, and I’m delighted that the image will be used to encourage people to visit and enjoy their local waterways.”

'Hanwell Flight of Locks 93' by Leigh Cousins
‘Hanwell Flight of Locks 93’ by Leigh Cousins
'London's Silent Highways' by Mark Richards
‘London’s Silent Highways’ by Mark Richards

Two runners up were rewarded for very different images of the Grand Union Canal: Leigh Cousins, from Hounslow caught the Hanwell Flight of Locks at sunset, and Mark Richards from Islington captured a portrait of a man and his dog dressed in traditional clothing to show ‘London’s Silent Highways.’ All three photos plus others that were shortlisted will feature on the new Brent Catchment Partnership website from February next year.
We received some wonderful photos through the competition, all of which have a worthy place promoting the waterways of the catchment to others. To view the shortlisted photographs click here