St Albans photography competition judges announced

PUBLISHED: 13:59 20 March 2018 | UPDATED: 16:15 20 March 2018




The expert judging panel for a St Albans photography competition has been announced.

Living St Albans will be judged by Herts Advertiser photographer Danny Loo, artist Catherine Fenton and Sandy Adams from Plastic Free St Albans.

The competition theme is living sustainably in the local area, and first place carries a prize of £100.

Winners will be announced at the final day of the Sustainable St Albans Week, at the Know How Festival, and the prize will be presented by St Albans Mayor, Cllr Mohammad Iqbal Zia.

Danny Loo said: “I’m really looking forward to judging this competition and finding out how talented our young photographers really are.

“Who knows, one of them could end up working for the Herts Ad one day.”

Entries to the competition will be on display at the ‘Know How’ event - which is a one-day festival aiming to revive practical skills in order to live more economically.

Dozens of local charities, businesses and groups are contributing towards the day. There will be electric transport and cycling-smoothie bike displays, as well as information on saving water and solar panels.

There will be sessions on DIY by Bunnings and embroidery from Herts Asian Women’s Association, plus other contributions from Plastic Free St Albans, Oaklands College, and Earthworks.

Refreshments, music and children’s activities will also be available.

Chair of Sustainable St Albans Week, Catherine Ross, said: “The Know How Festival is for anyone out there who wants to know how to live a little more sustainably, in everyday ways.

“We’ve got lots of short, practical sessions on things like home insulation and bike maintenance, plus information stalls, and kids activities. Everything from an electric car display to vegan cookery.”

Shortlisted competition entries will be displayed during Sustainable St Albans Week in Harpenden library until May 5 and in the Courtyard Cafe on Hatfield Road.

The Living St Albans Photography Exhibition will also be on show at Verulamium Museum from April 30 to June 3. Find out how to enter at

Sustainable St Albans Week is from April 21 to 29.

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