A Croydon school foundation has announced a new photography competition for six pupils from local primary schools in the area.

'Capturing Croydon', run by the Whitgift Foundation, will give pupils from six schools the chance to participate in one-day, bespoke workshops throughout March, where they will have access to high-end photographic equipment.

Images taken by the children will be entered into the competition, with the winner claiming prizes including cameras and photography equipment.

Martin Corney, Chief Executive of the Whitgift Foundation said: “Each workshop will start at the historic Whitgift Almshouses, and will begin the schoolchildren’s discovery of the borough and its 400-year-old history, through its iconic landmarks and modern-day developments taking place.

"Capturing Croydon will enable them to discover the stories and hidden histories behind their borough, as well as help them better understand what it means to them today.”

The workshops will be led by award-winning architectural photographer Richard Chivers, whose work has appeared in the Sunday Time Magazine, Evening Standard, and New York Times, and Dr Paula Owens, BBC geography advisor and Canterbury University Research Fellow.

The schoolchildren will be encouraged to explore their own unique sense of place and engage with the changing urban landscape of Croydon through photography.

The six schools taking part are:

• All Saints Primary School, Croydon

• Atwood Primary Academy, South Croydon

• Howard Primary, Croydon

• Fairchildes Primary School, New Addington

• Beaumont Primary School, Purley

• St Peter’s Primary School, South Croydon

The winner will be announced at a special Award’s Ceremony at the historic Old Palace of John Whitgift School in Croydon on 5 July.

Capturing Croydon is sponsored by the Croydon Partnership, the joint venture between Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield and Hammerson PLC set to transform Croydon’s two main shopping centres Whitgift and Centrale into a world class retail and leisure destination.

Steve Yewman, Development Director of Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield, said: “As the Croydon Partnership redevelopment becomes part of Croydon’s busy, bustling urban landscape, we hope that this exciting initiative will engage children with their area.

"rubbyI’m thrilled that as part of our partnership with The Whitgift Foundation, we can help inspire children to learn more about the borough, and see their hometown in a new light.”