Strand on the Green photography competition winners

Image above: Strand on the Green photography competition winning photograph by Rosie Hayward

Beautiful pictures of the picturesque riverside

The winners of the Strand on the Green photography competition were announced on Wednesday (29 November) at the Steam Packet pub. The local residents association, Strand on the Green Association (SoGA), organised the competition to celebrate the beauty of the picturesque riverside beside Kew Bridge, and were delighted to have over 175 entries.

The theme was ‘Autumn on the Strand’. The organisers shortlisted ten photographs and chose a winner for the under-18 category and a winner for the adult entries.

Rosie Hayward won the adult award, with her picture of Strand on the Green on a blustery autumn day, above, and nine year-old Ben Rhoda won the under-18 category, with this photograph of a rainbow over the river, below.

Ben, pictured below, went to the award ceremony with his mother Emma, and received his certificate from Lucy Cufflin, one of the organisers on the SoGA committee, and Ann Collins, Chair of SoGA. We don’t have a picture of Rosie receiving her certificate, as she is happier being behind a camera lens rather than in front of it.

Ben told The Chiswick Calendar:

“I saw the poster for the competition and kept looking for ideas. Then, as I was walking to my school, Kew Green Prep, I looked up in the sky and saw the rainbow over Strand. It also had a lovely yellow autumnal tree. I thought it was perfect for the theme.

“I’m so glad I won. I didn’t think would! I really enjoy photography, particularly pictures that include trees and nature. I have taken photos of palm trees and cactuses in Spain which are framed at home. I’m really so happy I entered this competition and my photo will be seen by other people.”

SoGA is planning to have the pictures put on display in the Jubilee Arch walkway underneath Kew Bridge.

Here are some of the other photographs shortlisted. Anya Javanshir’s photograph won second prize; Ljubima Woods’ photograph won third prize.

Images above: Photograph (L) by Mehdi Karimi; Photograph (R) by Anya Javanshir

Image above: Photograph by Ljubima Woods

Image above: Photograph by Efrosini Haughton

Image above: Photograph by Derek Barker

Image above: Photograph by Barry Proner

Image above: Photograph by Jonny Hines

Image above: Photograph by Huw Harries

The judges were SoGA committee members Alan McBride and John Davidson, both keen amateur photographers, and Lucy Cufflin.

Strand on the Green Association was formed in 1959.  The association seeks to protect the unique character of Strand on the Green, working to improve the environment and preserve the character of this historic area for the benefit and enjoyment of all.

The Association preserves records of local interest, arranges social functions and keeps members informed through a bi-annual newsletter (Signals) and an Annual General Meeting.  Membership is open to anyone who loves Strand on the Green.

See also the ‘Big Lunch’ organised by SoGA to celebrate the King’s coronation:

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