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Boy from Bexley wins Shard Lights photography prize

PUBLISHED: 07:00 29 January 2018

Conor Shiels' winning photograph. Picture: FTP Edelman

Conor Shiels' winning photograph. Picture: FTP Edelman

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A boy from Bexley has been announced as a winner of the ‘#ShardLights’ photography competition, which took place throughout December.

The competition encouraged London’s amateur photographers and visitors to capture the 2017 Shard Lights display, encapsulating all the colour, patterns and sparkles that lit the tallest building in the UK throughout December,

Conor Shiels, from New Elthan, received £750 worth of photography kit, as well as afternoon tea at oblix east and a virtual reality experience at The View from The Shard, after he won the age 12-17 category.

The winners were announced on Tuesday, January 23 after careful consideration from the judges.

Other winners included Alexandru Ifrim, from Plumstead, who won the 18 and over category and Aqueel Miah, from Crossharbour, who won for the 11 and unders.

They all received similar prizes including photography kits and accessories, as well as an experience at The View from The Shard.

Michael Baker, Chief Executive Officer for Real Estate Management (REM), who was involved in judging the competition, said: “It has been fantsastic to see such high quality and creative entries.

“Our winners showcased the colour and brightness of Shard Lights from a number of interesting viewpoints.

Congratulations to all those who participated.”

The iconic Shard, Eurpoe’s first vertical building standing at 310m high, illuminated the sky with its lights throughout December until New Year’s Eve, with five different colours rotating each day, and an array of visual effects.

More than 1,400 entrants of all ages submitted photos via the website and shared them online using the hashtag ‘#ShardLights’.

The competition was designed to encourage the city’s residents and visitors to take a moment out of their day to look up at the London skyline and capture the London spectacle.

Renowned London photographer, Michael Tomas (@LondonViewPoints), who also judged the competition, said: “The number of beautiful submissions exceeded my expectations.

“London offers a lot of places that can be cleverly mixed into a great composition to create multiple layers of interest, and I was mostly looking for strong composition to make Shard Lights stand out.”

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