MP Heidi Alexander presents Corbett Portraits Competition Awards

Over 50 people attended the inaugural awards ceremony of ‘Corbett Portraits’ at Torridon Road Library, Catford,  on Thursday 6th November, a photographic competition organised by the Archibald Corbett Society. The photographs feature local residents, their families, shop keepers, street cleaners, the local butcher and other people who live and work on the Corbett Estate.

‘The House Across’ was the winning photograph by Aidan Henrickse in the under-18 category

Aidan Hendrickse is presented with his prize by Heidi Alexander MP

MP Heidi Alexander handed out prizes in the Over 18 category (won by David Rose with runner-up Sarah Baldock) and the Under 18 category (won by Aidan Hendrickse with runner-up Lola Williams). The winners received digital cameras and will attend a day-long photographic workshop run by local professional photographer Tom Broadbent.

Lola Williams’s amazing image, entitled ‘Not So Black And White’ received the runner-up prize in the under-18 category

Lola receives her prize from Heidi Alexander MP

The event was organised by local resident and Archibald Corbett Society member Ben Honeybone, who said “people took some fabulous photographs, and I think were really proud to see their work exhibited in the Library. We hope to run the competition again next year, and build up a ‘living history’ of people on the Estate that future generations will be able to look back on”.

‘Costa Del Catford’ by David Rose won the over-18 category

Heidi Alexander presents a very happy David Rose with his prize

The Society was launched in October 2013 to preserve the legacy of Archibald Cameron Corbett, a philanthropist and social housing reformer who built the Corbett Estate, comprising over 3000 family homes on 287 acres of farm land across Hither Green and South Catford between 1896 and 1913.

Sarah Baldock’s photograph ‘ Millie On The Stairs’ received the runner-up prize in the over-18 category

The exhibition is currently on view in the foyer of Torridon Road Library and preparations are under way for a further competition in 2015. It is hoped to run a competition annually and build up an album of portraits and pictures of the area to create a permanent record of life on the Corbett Estate though the 21st Century.