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Winning photography student captures the thriving spirit of Bracknell

21 May 2019

A photography student from Activate Learning’s Bracknell and Wokingham College, has snapped his way to success to win a council-run competition that recognises local photographers.  

Joe Hope, 18, received his award for his entry in Bracknell Forest Council’s 2018 Photographic Competition, Great Place to Grow, and his winning image is now part of an exhibition currently on show at South Hill Park Arts Centre. 

Joe, who lives in Bracknell, received a commendation for his colourful night-time shot of The Lexicon shopping centre and is one of the winners in a newly created category aimed at young people.  

The competition encouraged amateur photographers to capture how the Bracknell area is a great place to live, work and learn. The exhibition showcases the six winners of the annual photographic competition and celebrates how the Bracknell borough is a prosperous location for business, nature and recreation. 

Joe is studying a Photography Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma at the Church Road campus.  

He said: “It was surprising but nice to be awarded a commendation, taking part in the competition and exhibition has grown my confidence.” 

The competition was run in partnership by Bracknell Forest Council and the Economic Skills and Development Partnership (ESDP). This year was the first year to feature a young photographers 18 and under category.  

The exhibition is available to view at South Hill Park Arts Centre in Bracknell, until Sunday 9 June. To find out more about the exhibition via South Hill Park Arts Centre's website

Find out more about the Photography Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma available at Bracknell and Wokingham College.