Smile for the camera!
Local celebrity June Whitfield will be in Wimbledon on Saturday (January 14) to award the prizes for the winners of Volunteer Centre Merton's photography competition.
The winner was Reece Edwards, who took a picture (right) of Charlotte volunteering in the Mencap café at Holy Trinity Church on The Broadway in Wimbledon.
Reece, an 18-year-old student, will win a Sony NEX-C3KB digital camera and see his work take centre stage at the launch at the Centre Court Shopping Centre.
Second place and a Canon Selphy ES40 printer went to Colin Robinson's image of Mitcham Library's knitting club, and third place was awarded to Ben Muton-Phillips for his image of volunteers with sheep at Deen City Farm in South Wimbledon.
The competition aimed to highlight the many and varied roles volunteers can get involved with in Merton. Anyone could enter, the only limits were that the image had to feature someone volunteering in Merton.
The exhibition of the winning and shortlisted entries will be held in the shopping centre from Saturday.
Council Cabinet member for community safety, engagement and equalities Councillor Edith Macauley said: "The level of photography was really impressive for an amateur competition. Volunteers allow Merton to offer a wide range of services and activities across the community and we are proud to work closely with Volunteer Centre Merton to encourage this."
VCM registers around 3,000 volunteers a year and places them with groups and charities throughout the borough, many of whom would not be able to exist without them. It is Centre Court's nominated charity for the year.
January 12, 2012