An eye-catching image of runners at the start of this year’s Coventry Half Marathon has crossed the finishing line of a photography competition in first place.
Si Chun Lam’s shot overlooking Millennium Place in the city centre is the winner of the ‘Eyes on Cov’ competition, which gave amateur photographers the chance to capture a view of Coventry from up high as part of the UK City of Culture 2021 bid.
Coventry-based commercial property company The Wigley Group supplied specialist working at height equipment normally used for construction projects to allow finalists to turn their ideas into reality.
Si Chun, a corporate performance officer in the Insight Team at Coventry City Council, said: “I am really pleased and proud for my photo to win a competition which was all about showcasing Coventry and uncovering a hidden or new take on our great city.
“I chose to take the photo at the start of the Coventry Half Marathon as I knew it would be buzzing with activity and the location next to Coventry Transport Museum celebrates the city’s automotive heritage.
“It was a bit of a windy day when I took the photograph so it was slightly scary being up high but I was with people from The Wigley Group who knew what they were doing so I was in safe hands.
“It was quite overcast so once I’d taken the picture, I had the idea to bring out the blue which seemed appropriate as Coventry is a sky blue city. It was a brilliant experience as I wouldn’t normally get the opportunity to take a photo like that.”
The winning photo was chosen by a panel from Coventry City of Culture Trust and The Wigley Group, which is backing the city’s UK City of Culture 2021 bid as a 2021 Club member.
Si Chun, who has had a passion for photography from a young age, will now get to spend time with award-winning Coventry photographer Jason Scott Tilley, director of Photo Archive Miners.
Laura McMillan, manager of Coventry City of Culture Trust, said: “We loved the fact that this photo showed lots of elements of Coventry – the spires and the Whittle Arches alongside new development taking place.
“You had the mix of the city’s past, coupled with its recent regeneration and then what is to come in the future. All of that was animated by people – which is actually what the city is all about – at an event that is very well known but not normally viewed from this angle.”
James Ellerington, Head of Asset Management at The Wigley Group, came up with the idea of the competition whilst enjoying a normally inaccessible view of the city when working on top of the Belgrade Plaza building.
He said: “It was great to be able to give photographers the chance to capture views of Coventry which we are fortunate to enjoy through our work at height.
“We used a 21-metre truck mounted cherry picker to give Si Chun the height he needed for the picture he had in mind and it worked out really well. His picture gives a fantastic view of one of the city’s main focal points during a big event in the city’s calendar.”
Coventry City Council, The University of Warwick, and Coventry University are Principal Partners of the bid to be UK City of Culture 2021 and are providing significant support. The Ricoh Arena is Bid Sponsor while Jaguar Land Rover, Adient, Friargate, Coventry Building Society, the Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce, Birmingham Airport, PET-Xi, SCC (Specialist Computer Centres), Pertemps, and CEF (City Electrical Factors) are also Bid Development Sponsors.
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