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Communities in Focus: The winners

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A photo featuring a Jubilee Big Lunch in Oadby, Leicestershire, and a young woman enjoying a disability cycling day in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, have won a photo competition by Big Lottery Fund, Media Trust and Local World designed to capture on film the country’s community spirit.


Big Lottery Fund category winner


Inspiring communities category winner

Zara enjoying the freedom disability cycling day
Community Cycling Champions project, Sheffield, CTC Charitable Trust
“This image sums up the day we had at a Lottery funded disability cycling session at Hillsborough Park in Sheffield. We had organised a treasure hunt alongside Burton Street, a day care centre for people with disabilities.  Zara, pictured, hadn’t been on a bike before and as you can tell from the photo she was having a great time, to the point that it was difficult to get her off!” Steve Marsden
  British together
The 4th June 2012 - Queen's Jubilee Big Lunch in Ellis Park, Oadby.
“Having planned for 500, an amazing 1,500 came along from Oadby's diverse community for a fantastic day in the glorious sunshine celebrating the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.” Bonnie Evans Hills

Communities in Focus launched last November and ran on Local World's This is and localpeople websites for four weeks.

The competition had two categories, one for inspiring images of community life, and the other for photos of projects funded by the Big Lottery Fund making a difference. Entries were made via Cam360, designed by Media Trust as a place to share and publish images.

BIG's England Director Dharmendra Kanani, Media Trust Marketing Director Gavin Sheppard and Zoe Bowring, Digital Marketing Manager at Local World, reviewed a shortlist of 20 images from each category from close to 300 entries.  They selected  ‘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 in the Big Lottery Fund category. Each winner receives a Canon D-SLR camera and two places on a Media Trust photography training course. 

Dharmendra said: “The number and range of entries to the Communities in Focus competition is a reminder of the goodness that resides in communities across England; the images paint a picture of hope, ambition and communities driving change. Out of all the entries the two overall winners - the unity scene in Oadby and Zara, enjoying her day out - stood out and stole our hearts. This is because both of the images reflect communities we all recognise; make us think differently and better about disability and what it is to be part of a diverse society.”

Watch a film of the judges discussing the winning entries.

Flick through the galleries below to see the shortlisted entries for each category.



Big Lottery Fund category shortlisted pictures:

Click on each picture for a full description