The Heath & Hampstead Society photo competition: #myhampsteadheath

Celebrating the Society's 120th anniversary

To mark the 120th anniversary of The Heath & Hampstead Society, Love Camden brings you highlights from the Society’s photo competition: #myhampsteadheath.

“The Society helps to protect the Heath for all its users” says Chairman, Marc Hutchinson. “The competition is about celebrating the Heath and reaching out through new media to recruit new members. We want to make sure that the Heath remains a special place for the next 120 years.”

Already the competition has received over 400 entries from Heath-lovers capturing what makes the Heath so special to them.

The winners of each season's competition will get a year's free subscription to The Heath & Hampstead Society, they will receive a copy of Matt Maran's 'Hampstead Heath: London's Countryside', and their photograph will even appear on the Society's next poster on the London Underground! 

To view all the entries search #myhampsteadheath on Instagram.

The competition was judged by Paul Brazier, one of London’s top creative directors, and the Society’s Trustees.  

This second phase of the #myhampsteadheath competition on Instagram is running until 27 March 2017. Following the selection of the winner for that phase, there will be another phase to follow in which entries can be submitted, just post your photos on Instagram with the hashtag #myhampsteadheath. 


The winning photograph: ‘Up to the highest height’ by Georgina Szenes taken at Parliament Hill

(C) Georgina Scenes
© Georgina Szenes, instagram: @the.curious.visitor

Selected for the very effective use of graphic silhouettes and small splashes of colour, a new way to show an iconic Heath pastime.

Runner up: ‘Morning Fog’ and ‘Morning Light’ by Erika Howard Dolmans

morning fog
© Erika Howard Dolmans, instagram: @ErikaHow
Erika Howard Dolmans
© Erika Howard Dolmans, instagram: @ErikaHow

Both these runners-up look like frames from an art house movie. The judges liked the way the paths seem to draw you into another world full of unseen possibility.

Runner up: ‘Autumn Jubilee’ by Amanda Fairey

Autumn Jubilee
© Amanda Fairey , instagram: @amanda.fairey

This runner up was chosen for the magnificence of its subject - one of the great trees of the Heath, the wonderful colours that fill the whole frame from the leaves in the trees to the carpet of gold on the earth, and for the little dog who sets off the glory of the tree like a whimsical full stop.


Commended:  ‘Pleased with his stick' by James Hayward

James Hayward
© James Hayward, instagram: @walkwithjames

Here the photographer has taken us right into the Vale of Health Pond with his sodden yet very appealing dog, splashing around, ready for us to take his stick and throw it again.


Commended: 'Misty morning run' by Bruce McLaren

Bruce McLaren
© Bruce McLaren, instagram: @bmcl24

The selectors liked how this runner emerges out of the mist straight towards us on the summit of Parliament Hill.


Commended: ‘In Wonderland' by James Hayward

James Hayward
© James Hayward, instagram: @walkwithjames

A ‘worm’s eye’ view of the fungi on the Heath reveals yet another layer of beauty the Heath has to offer.


Commended: ‘Kiss’ by John Myers

John Myers
© John Myers, instagram: @john_myers     

This photograph embodies the romance of the Heath under open skies, the City’s enclosing walls forgotten for a while.


Commended: ‘Pergola’ by Tara Doherty

Tara Doherty
© Tara Doherty, instagram: @taraandella

Chosen for the satisfying balance of the composition and the photo's mix of natural and formal textures.


To become a member of The Heath & Hampstead Society visit
Instagram: @heath_hampstead_society 

With thanks to all the photographers and The Heath & Hampstead Society for providing this article.