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Cheltenham man wins national photography competition

Swimmer at icy outdoor pool
David's winning picture was taken at Cheltenham Lido

David Jenkins from Cheltenham has been announced as winner of the British Heart Foundation's (BHF) first Red for Heart Digital Photography Competition.

The competition asked budding photographers to submit their snaps around the theme of Red for Heart - there was only one rule - the colour red must be incorporated into the photo.

David's composition is strong and striking in colour with the red against the snow white background.
Sophie Batterbury

David's picture shows a man wearing red swimming trunks preparing to climb into the Sandford Parks Lido in Cheltenham.

The icy blue water is mirrored by an overcast sky and wintery scenery, and David suggests this represents life's beauty whilst the solitary swimmer is linked to the feelings of isolation people experience when battling personal health problems.

David is a contemporary wedding photographer, covering the South West, Central England and further afield.

His background is in fine art after gaining a first for his degree exhibition in photography at university in Aberystwyth.


Independent on Sunday Picture Editor, Sophie Batterbury explained why she and her fellow judges chose David's photograph to be the winner: "This is an incredible photograph, you really empathise with the man about to take the plunge into the ice cold pool!

"David's composition is strong and striking in colour with the red against the snow white background.

"It has a natural feel and is really well taken."

As the winner in the adults (aged 16 and over) category David wins a one-to-one master class with award winning photographer John Angerson, a signed print and copy of his book, and other prizes including a new camera.

David's photo was selected by the esteemed judging panel consisting of professional photographer John Angerson, The Independent on Sunday Picture Editor Sophie Batterbury, Amateur Photographer Magazine Editor Damien Demolder and Director of Content at Getty Images, Paul Foster.

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