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West Norwood Foto – the winning photographs!

Our thanks to all contributors

Thank you to everyone who sent in entries to West Norwood Foto. One hundred and thirty eight photographs were submitted. And some more have just arrived! Our judges viewed the online gallery to make their decisions based on relationship to theme and composition. Age wasn’t taken into account and some of our winners/special mentions are under 16. The youngest entrant was 7 years old.

After careful consideration, our judges have made the following selections;

Category: Street Scenes

Category Winner and Overall Winner

Catriona Gilchrist, Dog outside Ladbrokes


“An interesting and melancholic photo, with almost surreal elements to it. It also makes a social commentary.It touches upon the concept of street photography, which is seeing, and putting together elements as disparate as a dog, a broken pole, and a gambling den to create a visual message to goes out to the viewer and offers itself to multiple interpretations”

– Street Scenes category judge, Pierre Alozie.

“A classic documentary photograph in the sense that it captures something both fleeting (doggie) and unmoving (architecture).  It also allows the viewer to ponder on the folly of gambling!”

– Fantastic & Strange category judge, Hermione Wiltshire

Street Scenes: Runner Up

Ciaran Bradbury-Hickey 


“It is the dynamic composition of this photograph that attracted me to it. It seems to embody the essential components of street photography (spontaneity, composition and wit among others), and best interpreted the street theme of the competition.”

– Street Scenes category judge, Pierre Alozie.

Special Mention

Janet Haney for mobility scooters and John Nott for St Lukes Church. Janet’s photo is full of humour and could have been second, and John’s photo is technically sound, although it is the kind of photograph seen in many photography magazines.

Category: Community

“It was a very difficult balance between choosing a great looking photo and one that really said community – some of the images that were visually strong didn’t really say community to me. Also, as it is community there were often pictures with lots of people and lots going on in them, which sometimes made for an images with no obvious focal point. There were some strong images though and it was a hard choice”

– Community category judge, Anna Hindocha.


Jenny Ochera, Tug of War


“It was a very tough choice but I kept coming back to this image. I love the fact that it is a proper community effort – literally everyone pulling together. A great interpretation of the theme. I love the strong diagonal which means that the image works despite the number of people in it as the eye is guided through it. This, combined with the people’s positions which show the effort they are putting into pulling, also adds dynamism and excitement. While the strong sunlight does in some ways make the image less “perfect” I find the texture of the road, the strong shadows, the purple lens flare and the burnt out sky all make for a visually compelling image. Overall, I felt this image had a balance of saying the most about community while also being very visually interesting”

– Community category judge, Anna Hindocha.

Community: Runner Up

John D Haney, Cemetery Tour


“Thematically I really like the idea that the Friends of West Norwood Cemetery are keeping the dead involved and part of the community by their events. Visually, I love the pose of the speaker and the composition of the thin band of people surrounded by the greenery.”

– Community category judge, Anna Hindocha.



Category: Fantastic and Strange


Seb Hilditch, Angel of Norwood


“The Black & White takes out realistic greens of lichen, blues of sky and greys of stone making the photograph become more of an imagined picture and less of a documentary shot.  The composition is poised and gives the impression of a graceful portrait of a real woman dressed up as an angel not unlike an old Victorian photograph by for instance Julia Margaret Cameron”

– Fantastic & Strange category judge, Hermione Wiltshire

Fantastic & Strange: Runner up

Kes Young, child and plant 


“This picture bravely places an unusually slight moment at the centre of the picture there by taking the viewer’s attention to a sight easily overlooked.  A child’s encounter with spiky plants suggests a schism between the internal place suggested by their expression and a spectacular plant perhaps not native to West Norwood.”

– Fantastic & Strange category judge, Hermione Wiltshire

Special mention

Freddie Witchell for a compelling portrait of a stone face.  The effect drew the judges attention for a long time.  For his next pictures, Hermione would recommend working on composition.

Feast volunteers’ vote!

This went to Hetty Lalleman’s charming photo A Tight Knit. The photo was taken at Feast on the Tea & Talk Table, a space where people can sit and have a free cup of tea and a chat. It embodies all that is lovely about Feast!


Our thanks to our local business sponsors for providing the prizes




Knitting West Norwood together!

Can you knit? Would you like to teach someone to knit – or learn how?


Come to our ‘hands on art’ themed November Feast on Sunday 6 November and help us knit a quilt to raise money for a local organisation South London Refugee Association ; a wonderful charity working on the front line with refugees in our neighbourhood.


We need squares roughly the size of a CD case (12cm x 12cm) – these can be knitted at Feast or in your own time, and be as many and as varied as you like! We will stitch them all together when we have enough to make the quilt – and then raffle it. Drop off your squares at Feast or on the Feast desk at the Portico Gallery.


Any questions? Just email!

Arty Feast this Sunday 6 November!

This Sunday 6 November, it’s hands on art time at Feast! We’re going all creative and it’s your chance to get your hands mucky, gluey, covered in charcoal or tied up in wool…

All about Feast this Sunday you will hear the clickity click of knitting needles.
Because we are ‘knitting West Norwood together’ with a special quilt-making project to raise money for a wonderful local organisation South London Refugee Association. This organisation work on the front line here, helping refugees who arrive in our neighbourhood sometimes with literally nothing but what they can carry.

If you can, please sit down and knit a square at Feast – then buy a raffle ticket and when the quilt is complete, you could win it! All proceeds go towards helping the charity continue its valuable work.

Crafty stuff for all the family

Come to Family Wellbeing at the leisure centre and join the lovely South London Play Partners for some free making sessions for everyone.

  • Mosaic making 1.30-3.30pm

Try your hand at mosaics and make a coaster/square wall relief with local mosaic artist Kes Young from Heart in Art Workshops (with mosaic tiles kindly donated by James at Mosaic Workshop in West Norwood)

  • Puppet Making 12-4pm

Dan will also be there helping you make hand and rod puppets (yes, like the Muppets) which you can decorate with paint and textiles.

  • Ceramics 11-2pm

Or you could get mucky with clay? Artist Emma Fenelon will be making a ceramic map of West Norwood so go to the Portico Gallery and make your house, school, shop, favourite landmark out of clay…

  • Drink & Draw 12-2pm

Adults only this last one…enjoy a relaxed drawing session with a drink at Knowles. Local artist Melanie will give you a choice of quirky objects to draw and tips to improve your rusty observation skills. All art materials supplied. If you haven’t picked up a pencil since school, fear not..this is laid back social drawing. With alcohol. Hence the name ‘Drink & Draw’…

West Norwood Foto – FEAST Day Special

We’ve laid on some opportunities to get snappy this FEAST day and enter West Norwood Foto.
We’re inviting 40 new entries on FEAST day with lucky number 40 winning the WeNo bag of your choice!

You don’t have to be David Bailey to enter, just grab some shots capturing the spirit of West Norwood on your mobile and share! Check out the amazing photos that have already been entered here!

  • DJ Sundays at The Book and Record Bar 12 to 2pm

Join resident DJ’s as they broadcast live at the The Book and Record Bar. Capture the action on your camera and enter WN Foto. The six finest entries will be rewarded with a free beer voucher!

  • Photowalk at West Norwood Cemetery 11 to 12.30pm

Take in a tour of the cemetery with your camera and enter the photography competition.

If that’s all too much creativity for you, the Hollywood Star Beauty Bar, 481 Norwood Rd, is offering FREE Indian head massages from 10.30am-5pm on Feast day!

Let us entertain you

While your hands and eyes and brains are busy, we’ve got something delightful as ever for the ears. Here’s everything that’s on at this month’s Feast…

West Norwood Free Film Festival!

West Norwood is going to have it’s very own Free Film Festival (check out the website, there are currently eleven of them, mostly in SE London but spreading…) Our version is being run by the Feast Film Nights volunteers and is due to take place annually during the Feast ‘down time’ towards the end of March. Two of the team will be out and about this Feast day so if you’re keen to get involved or just hear more about it and suggest films, find them and let them know… We have already booked St Luke’s for a free film screening…any ideas for appropriate films to

See you at Feast!