Capture Hackney for a chance to win prizes

If you enjoy getting out and about in Hackney, love to solve puzzles, or want to show off your photography skills, why not take up the Capture Hackney challenge for a chance to have fun and win prizes?

Hackney Council’s Culture Team in partnership with Shoot Experience have organised Capture Hackney, a unique, exciting photographic trail competition that will take participants on a journey around the borough, to photograph local attractions and discover some of Hackney’s cultural highlights.

Taking part in this free, fun summer activity is easy. Simply download a Capture Hackney map or pick one up from your local library, leisure centre or at Hackney Museum.

Solve the clues on the map to reveal ten Hackney destinations, then grab your camera, decide your route, and set off to photograph them. Finally, upload your images at: by the closing date of 31 October 2008.

Councillor Nargis Khan, Cabinet Member for Community Services, said: “Hackney is a culturally cosmopolitan area with a fantastic collection of galleries, theatres, museums and libraries, as well as popular parks and open spaces. In the run up to the Cultural Olympiad it is great to host an event that encourages people to explore some of Hackney’s cultural treasures, get active and have fun.”

Capture Hackney is free and ideal for families, young people, old people or visitors to the borough. By entering, participants will be in with a chance to win some great prizes, including: an Olympus digital camera worth £500; a Mathmos ‘Big Blimp’ light; a Shoot Experience hamper and tickets to a range of cultural venues in Hackney.

You don’t need to be a professional photographer or use a high-tech camera to take part – your mobile phone will do. The judges will be looking for creative, original images that really capture the spirit of Hackney.

Selected photographs will feature in an exhibition at Hackney Museum later this year.

For more information about the Capture Hackney competition email: or call 020 8356 7262 or 020 8356 3419.