In support of Home-Start Wokingham District and in celebration of our 25th anniversary, Wokingham Borough Mayor, Cllr Malcolm Richards, is calling on all budding photographers living in the Borough to enter an amateur digital Photography Competition.

The theme for the competition is “Out of HOME – STARTs”. It’s all about getting out and about in the Borough and doing something new, either on your own or with your family.  It’s your chance to show us an outdoor activity or sport you have started doing, share a walk or a view you have discovered or a park you have started visiting.

We are massively grateful to the Mayor for his support of Home-Start Wokingham District.  In his words:

I’m delighted to be able to launch yet another competition and I’d like to invite all photography enthusiasts to join me in celebration of Home-Start’s 25 year milestone. The charity’s tailored, compassionate and professional approach means that so many families receive the life-changing support they needed. As for the chosen theme, getting out in nature provides many mental health benefits and aids our wellbeing. It helps us to disconnect from the challenges we face every day. We of course want our residents to enjoy the borough’s parks, open spaces and hidden gems as part of their daily exercise, but ask that this is done responsibly. Covid-19 safety guidelines must followed at all times and outings must be a part of the permitted reasons to leave your home.

The entries to the competition will be split into two categories: young people (12-17 year olds) and adults (18+) with fantastic prizes for the winners from each category, including a £100 voucher for a family photo shoot or a one to one photography tutorial with @marlawhitephotography and mounted prints by Tina Panting.

The photograph can be taken on a digital camera or on a phone/ipad. There is no specification in terms of size or resolution.  It can be in colour or black and white.

To enter, please email your photograph (as a JPEG) to with title Photography Competition, your name and age and a short explanation of the photograph.

The judges will be the Mayor, the Chair of Trustees of Home-Start Wokingham District and two local professional photographers, Marla White and Tina Panting.

There will be a virtual exhibition of the top 25 entries on websites and social media and we hope (with your permission) to be able to use and/or exhibit some of the photographs at a later date.

The closing date for submissions is 30 April 2021 and the winners will be announced on Bank Holiday Monday on 3 May.

There is no cost to enter the competition but a small donation to Home-Start Wokingham District would be greatly appreciated and would go towards supporting vulnerable and disadvantaged families in the Borough, with at least one child under five, who are going through particularly tough times.

To donate please go to Donation to Home-Start Wokingham District | Localgiving | Localgiving and for more information about Home-Start please go to HS Homepage updated – Home-Start Wokingham District (

So get out of the house and show us what you’ve discovered!!