Photographs capture Norwich’s heritage

Norwich's heritage captured on camera is the theme for a new exhibition in Norwich.

The show, My Heritage, My Norwich, is at The Forum and features 30 shortlisted photographs which were entered into the annual photographic competition run by Norwich Heritage Economic and Regeneration Trust (HEART).

Norwich Market, The Forum, St Stephen's subway and Eaton Park are among the many subjects in the 30 images that were shortlisted from nearly 300 entries.

Michael Loveday, chief executive of Norwich HEART, said: 'We really like running the photography competitions because they really engage local people and discover incredible local talent. We are always amazed by the standard of entries.

'It is great how people can just point a camera and create something quite exciting, and it was a really hard job judging the entries.

'It was fantastic that there was so much variety in the entries, including some traditional images and some off-the-wall ideas as well.'

The Evening News's Derek James, the sheriff of Norwich, attended the opening night of the exhibition on Monday where he presented prizes to the two winners and the runners up.

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Photographer Alan Bennett, 45, from Old Laundry Court, Norwich, won the over-25s category for his image of the ruins of St Bartholomew Church, off Heigham Street.

He said that it was a terrific feeling to be recognised for his photography and that the competition was a great way to give exposure to Norwich's heritage. About his photograph, he said: 'I actually live close by the St Bartholomew Church ruins so I have seen it on many occasions throughout the seasons.

'I took this particular image on a very cold and misty February morning, with a hint of warmth from the rising sun illuminating the tower.

'It was the best view of the tower that I had ever seen and I had to photograph it quite quickly before the light changed.'

City College Norwich student Maisie East, 16, from Back Street, Reepham, won the under-25s category for her picture of the Out of Time record shop in Magdalen Street. She said: 'I wanted a vintage feel to my photos so I went to Anglia Square because of all the record shops.

'I tried to portray that although we're in the 21st century, Norwich is still very old looking and unique.'

Isobel Bailey, from Norwich, was the runner up in the under-25s category, while Amy Wragg, from Norwich, Julia Cameron, from Norwich, Kerry Heaney, from Bracon Ash, and Tom Oldfield, from Stowmarket, were runners up in over-25s category. The Norwich HEART competition ran from September 1 to October 31 last year and entries had to reflect the photographer's own interpretation of heritage in Norwich. It was the third annual photography competition run by Norwich HEART.

The free exhibition is at The Forum until Thursday, March 10. It will be at Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse from April 11 to 17 and it may be at other venues later in the year.

Have you won a major competition? Call reporter Emma Knights on 01603 772428 or email