A magical morning caught on camera from a Handsworth house has scooped a top prize in a local photography competition.
Ian Cartlidgeâ€™s photo entitled â€˜Multi-Faith Handsworthâ€™ captures Lozells Central Mosque, New Testament Church of God, Hamstead Road Baptist Church and Villa Road Methodist Church.
The picture was selected from a wide range of entries submitted for the competition organised by the MyNeighbourhood (MyN) project â€“ an initiative backed by Birmingham City Council to promote cohesive communities by giving them their own online space to share news, discuss issues and post events.
The competition, the winner of which was selected through a vote of local residents, has been organised not only in Birmingham, with three European cities: Lisbon, Aalborg and Milan also running identical contests.
â€œI love the way it shows the diverse faith in the area and the many houses of worshipâ€ said winning photographer Ian. â€œJust off the right hand side of the picture is the Gurdwara Babe Ke, unfortunately I couldnâ€™t squeeze it into frame.â€
Lord Mayor of Birmingham, Cllr Shafique Shah awarded Ian with his prize, a tablet computer during a photography exhibition at the Library of Birmingham.
Commenting on the competition, Cllr Shah said: â€œThe standard of entries was very high. Iâ€™m glad I didnâ€™t have to select a winner personally, but I am truly delighted that residents chose this as their favourite, a picture that represents the strengths of our neighbourhoods â€“ our diversity.â€
After the award ceremony, to recognise photo contributions from younger residents, the Lord Mayor treated children from St Clareâ€™s school to a tour of the Council House.
MyNeighbourhood project manager, Fareeda Akbar, said: â€œIts early days in the roll-out and use of the MyNeighbourhood website, but its inspiring to see community centres, coffee morning groups and charities, signing up and using this free resource.
â€œThe multi-faith Handsworth photo is the perfect picture to front the neighbourhood site.â€
See all competition entries for yourself at Birmingham Library between 26 and 31 January, or view them online at the MyNeighbourhood Community site www.my-n.eu/ladywood-handsworth
Notes to editors:
â€¢Â MyNeighbourhood is an EU funded project
â€¢Â Birmingham City Council is participating in this project with the City of Milan, City of Aalborg and City of Lisbon
â€¢Â Image above is of wining photo – a hi-res version is available for media use upon request
â€¢Â For more media information please contact Kris Kowalewski on 0121 303 3621