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Lockdown walking photo competition winners unveiled

Living Streets' #WalkingFromHome encouraged people to keep walking locally during pandemic

Mark Moran
01 April 2021
Zoe Nihill, South London (Orange week winner): “I often pass through our local parks on my way to and from work or during lockdown strolls with my family. I feel very blessed to have such beautiful green spaces in abundance within my borough.”
Stacy Dowding, London (Green week winner): “I`ve enjoyed breaking up my `working from home days` with getting outside for a walk.  It has given me an opportunity to get some exercise, spend time in nature and listen to books that I would have read on my usual commute.  I took this photo as it is great to have a low traffic neighbourhood so close to home to provide a safer environment for my family to walk and cycle in.”
Stacy Dowding, London (Green week winner): “I`ve enjoyed breaking up my `working from home days` with getting outside for a walk. It has given me an opportunity to get some exercise, spend time in nature and listen to books that I would have read on my usual commute. I took this photo as it is great to have a low traffic neighbourhood so close to home to provide a safer environment for my family to walk and cycle in.”
Becki Cox, Glasgow (Pink week winner said): “The graffiti in the picture I submitted says ‘cultivate radical softness’. As people walking, we are required to both look down at our feet but also up and out at the world around us. Walking connects us and enables those little moments of everyday humanity!”
Becki Cox, Glasgow (Pink week winner said): “The graffiti in the picture I submitted says ‘cultivate radical softness’. As people walking, we are required to both look down at our feet but also up and out at the world around us. Walking connects us and enables those little moments of everyday humanity!”
Laura Wells, Portsmouth (Red week winner): “Daily walking has always been a big part of my life, particularly where I live in Portsmouth, which is very walkable. In lockdown, walking has become even more important to me as I`ve been working from home. It`s been great to explore my local area even more on foot.”
Laura Wells, Portsmouth (Red week winner): “Daily walking has always been a big part of my life, particularly where I live in Portsmouth, which is very walkable. In lockdown, walking has become even more important to me as I`ve been working from home. It`s been great to explore my local area even more on foot.”
Dan Snell, North London (Blue week winner): “I absolutely love this competition for the way it’s added an extra sense of wonder to #WalkingFromHome and exploring local neighbourhoods.”
Dan Snell, North London (Blue week winner): “I absolutely love this competition for the way it’s added an extra sense of wonder to #WalkingFromHome and exploring local neighbourhoods.”
Kim Kjaerside, Edinburgh (Purple week winner):
Kim Kjaerside, Edinburgh (Purple week winner): "Myself, my wife and our two young kids live by Portobello, Edinburgh`s seaside. Here we are fortunate enough to have a local burn, fields and the beach to visit. During the last year we have got to know our local area so much better and been on many small adventures with the kids, exploring and learning about the local wildlife. My photograph of the crocuses was taken during one of many walks in our local National Trust for Scotland`s garden and forest. It`s one of our daughter’s favourite wildflowers and the setting seemed appropriate to showcase their beautiful purple colours."
Jemma Street, Liverpool (Yellow week winner): “Taking my six-year-old daughter for her daily walk around the local neighbourhood during lockdown has been a real lifesaver for us, both mentally and physically. We have always walked to our local shops and parks, as well as to school every day, but somehow getting outdoors has felt much more precious since the pandemic began. Seldom a day goes by when we don`t bump into a friend on our walks. These brief points of contact, even a quick wave or a `hello` from the other side of a road, have really helped keep our spirits up and lessened the inevitable feelings of isolation brought on by lockdown.”
Jemma Street, Liverpool (Yellow week winner): “Taking my six-year-old daughter for her daily walk around the local neighbourhood during lockdown has been a real lifesaver for us, both mentally and physically. We have always walked to our local shops and parks, as well as to school every day, but somehow getting outdoors has felt much more precious since the pandemic began. Seldom a day goes by when we don`t bump into a friend on our walks. These brief points of contact, even a quick wave or a `hello` from the other side of a road, have really helped keep our spirits up and lessened the inevitable feelings of isolation brought on by lockdown.”

 

The winners of a national amateur photography competition have been announced. The #WalkingFromHome photography competition was organised by Living Streets, the UK charity for everyday walking.

Entrants to the competition were asked to share photos of their daily walks during lockdown on social media. The competition ran for seven weeks during February and March, with each week having a different colour theme for inspiration.

The winners hail from Edinburgh, Glasgow, Liverpool, London and Portsmouth, with the winning photographs featuring local green spaces, shops and street art.

Living Streets helped people stay active during lockdown by providing free walking resources and activities for all ages, along with advice on how to walk whilst following COVID-19 restrictions. The charity launched the competition to help people keep their local walks interesting by taking the time to stop, look and connect with their surroundings

Mary Creagh, chief executive, Living Streets said: “Staying local has meant we have discovered new places, met new people and explored our local area as never before. These winning photographs are a celebration of the rich visual landscape that is right on our doorstep. As lockdown eases and we travel further afield, we hope these photographs act as a reminder of the quiet, everyday joy that a short walk can bring.”

May is Living Streets’ National Walking Month and the charity wants people to keep up their new walking habit and make a pledge to ‘Walk this May’.

Living Streets has launched an online pledge, asking people to swap a number of short car journeys to walking during May. After completing the pledge, people will be shown the cash savings they have made from reduced fuel costs, the carbon dioxide reduction of fewer car journeys and the health benefits they’ve made from walking.

Main photo - Zoe Nihill, South London (Orange week winner): “I often pass through our local parks on my way to and from work or during lockdown strolls with my family. I feel very blessed to have such beautiful green spaces in abundance within my borough.”

Find out more at livingstreets.org.uk/WalkThisMay

 
 
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