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Photo competition puts parks in focus - 10.07.09

Grab a camera and get snap happy in the borough's parks this summer in a new competition launched by Sutton Council.

Residents are challenged to send in their best photos of the borough's green spaces with hundreds of pounds of prizes up for grabs, donated by local businesses.

There are 80 parks and recreation grounds across Sutton, covering over 400 hectares – about the same size as 550 football pitches.

Any photo can be submitted as long as it is taken in a Sutton park, such as people playing sport, walking dogs or having a picnic, or alternatively focus on views, plants and wildlife.

Anyone can enter and send in their snaps before the closing date on 31 August. A panel of judges will pick their favourites in three age categories for under 11s; 12 to 17-year-olds; and adults (18 and over). The winners will be announced by 30 September.

Cllr Colin Hall, Executive Member for Environment on Sutton Council, said:

"The borough's parks are much loved by residents and among the best you will find anywhere in the capital.

"The Grove and Oaks Park have already won Green Flag awards and we are expecting another in the coming weeks.

"We want local people to enjoy them to the full this summer.

"Our green spaces boast sports facilities, ponds and canals, wildflower meadows, formal gardens, playgrounds, cafes and restaurants, so there really is something for everyone.

"I hope this competition, and the great prizes on offer, give people another excuse to head to our parks and share their favourite photos with us."

All photos submitted may be displayed on our Flickr gallery or used in council publicity.

To enter, email a maximum of three digital photos to along with your name, address, age and contact number, as well as the name of the park where you took the picture. For film cameras please post up to three photos with the same details to Snap Happy Photography Competition 2009, c/o Debbie Bacon, Communications, London Borough of Sutton, SM1 4FE.

Last updated: Thursday, 09 December 2010

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