Historic Newham moments captured in photography competition

31 October 2012 in Mayor
A patriotic shot of the Olympic Park in Stratford at night is the winner of Newham Council’s Capturing Newham photography competition.
The picture taken by Hayley Dawson, 23, from East Ham won the Mayor of Newham adult category, winning praise for the way it encapsulated the Olympic spirit in Newham during Games time.

Hayley discovered her passion for photography after realising how many holiday photographs she always came back with. With the support of her boyfriend and her family, she decided to enter the council’s photography competition.

Split into three categories, Capturing Newham saw people, places and landscapes put in the frame. In addition to the adult category, there were two
Young Mayor of Newham categories. Katrina Jablonovska won the 11 to 13
category and Zarah Kanwal won the 14 to 18 category.

A prize of £1,000 was up for grabs for the winner of the adults competition, with photography equipment worth £500 for each winner of the junior competition. With more than 300 entries overall, the judges had their work cut out to pick the winners.

Mayor of Newham, Sir Robin Wales, said: “I congratulate Hayley for creating a picture that really encapsulates the way many of us felt about the Games. They were a triumph and this photo is a triumph. Hayley is a deserved winner.

“I congratulate everyone who entered the competition. We hosted the biggest local Olympics and Paralympics activity programme in the history of the Games, and the community spirit in Newham during the Games came across in all of the photographs. The competition demonstrated what gifted people we have in the borough and I look forward to seeing what these talented individuals do next.”

Abraham Male was Young Mayor at the time of the competition and judged the two younger categories. He said: "It's fantastic to see so many young people in Newham are enthusiastic about photography and that came across in the entries. The talent on display in the two younger categories was incredible and it was very difficult to pick the winners. Katrina and Zara both uniquely captured the Olympic spirit and are well deserved winners."

Winner Hayley said: “The Olympics provided an unmissable opportunity to capture moments and the people that made them, inspired me to never put my camera away.

“I was so excited when I found out I had won. My family are really happy for me. My winning entry was inspired by an amazing day at the Olympic Park. On the way home from the athletics everything was lit up and I saw the opportunity, turned around and thought it was perfect for a picture. I’ve decided to spend my money on my photography career.”