Winning photo by Daniel de Souza aged 12

Young people were invited to take part in a council-run photography competition as part of the Great British Spring Clean. They were asked to take a photo of something or somewhere in the district that made them feel proud of where they live.  

There were a total of 73 entries from young photographers aged between 5 and 17 years with popular subjects chosen including the beaches, cliffs and local parks. 

The judging panel consisted of Council Leader, Cllr Trevor Bartlett, Helen Charlton (Pick Deal Clean), Diane Croucher (Head of Regulatory Services), Andrzej Kluczynski (Environmental Protection & Crime Manager) and Gemma Rudgard (Technical Support Officer).


Winners receive their prizes and certificates from the Leader of the Council, Cllr Trevor Bartlett

The winners were invited to a prize giving ceremony at the council offices in Whitfield. Council Leader, Cllr Trevor Bartlett, presented them with a certificate and shopping voucher and personally congratulated each of them.

He said: “I was delighted to be invited along to help judge this competition. The entries were outstanding and truly encapsulated what our district has to offer. I hope everyone enjoyed taking part as much as we enjoyed judging their entries in this popular competition. The Great British Spring Clean really has brought the whole community together, encouraging us all to take a real pride in our district.”

Daniel de Souza, age 12 and proud winner of the competition, said: I was having a walk with my sister and my dad and I saw this view and I thought ‘what a beautiful world God has made’.”

Three winners were extended to five winners as the standard of images were so good. They were:

Winner – awarded £50 love to shop voucher

Daniel (Age 12) ‘Whinless Downs, Dover Castle and Port’

2nd and 3rd place – awarded £20 love to shop voucher each

Paul (Age 12) ‘Kearsney Abbey river and bridge’

Destiny (Age 16) ‘Shakespeare Beach’

Bonus runners up – awarded £10 love to shop voucher each

Maddison (Age 11) ‘Dover Castle’

Liam (Age 17) ‘Tractor in field’ 

The winning images can be viewed at

The overall winner was Daniel De Souza, aged 12, with his photo of ‘Whinless Downs, Dover Castle and Port’

By Ed

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