Park Hill life through a lens

A resident from the landmark Sheffield development, Park Hill, came up with an eye-catching idea to bring her neighbours together.

Kate Golby, a leaseholder from Park Hill, organised a photography competition with help from Great Places and Urban Splash (two of the partners in the Park Hill regeneration project, alongside Sheffield City Council and the Homes and Communities Agency) to encourage other residents to unleash their creative side and generate community spirit.

She received over 60 fantastic entries, which illustrate life at Park Hill – the award-winning development known for its ‘streets in the sky’. But Kate was adamant that customer participation didn’t end there, and invited residents to vote for their favourites and choose three winners. Entrants then celebrated in style with a glamorous prize-giving event.

First place was awarded to Angus Hill, who took home the crown for his striking collage of the development, shown above.

Kate said: “I wanted to contribute to the community spirit at Park Hill, so I drew on my passion for photography.

“I’m really happy with how it was received – the number of entries was fantastic and I was really impressed with the quality and range of them.  Afterwards, we decided to let the residents choose the winners and we got a great response to that too.

“Right from the start Great Places and Urban Splash were on board and gave me lots of support, both with the organisation and the prizes! I couldn’t have done it without them and I hope it’s helped create a bit of interest and excitement for people at Park Hill too.”

Matthew Harrison, Chief Executive at Great Places said: “This is an incredible example of the community spirit that makes this development so special. When Kate came to us, we were more than happy to help and the enthusiasm shown by residents throughout the competition has been wonderful to see. Congratulations to everyone who took part – there’s clearly a lot of talent at Park Hill!”

You can listen to BBC Radio Sheffield's coverage of the contest here.

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