Amateur Photographer Takes A Unique View Of Chiswick

Claudette Durham's Photo of Chiswick House Lion To Be Displayed at V&A

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A Chiswick woman will see her work on display at the Victoria and Albert Museum after winning a London-wide photography competition looking for images of the capital that tourists don’t normally get to see.

Claudette Durham won in the new learner category of a competition organised to coincide with Adult Learners Week, with her entry that was taken in the gardens of Chiswick House.

She attended a one-day taster course run by Hounslow Adult and Community Education (HACE) on digital photography. This helped her learn about composition, creativity and the technical aspects of downloading and managing images electronically.

She will be presented with her certificates and prize by the judges at an awards ceremony at the Victoria and Albert Museum in central London.

The judge, Richard Walton particularly liked this photo “It is an excellent example of the 'seeing eye' and of pressing the shutter button at precisely the right moment. Pictures that ask questions so often work. In this case, is the lion casually observing or sizing up lunch? Whichever, it works as a great grab-shot.”

Cllr Robert Kinghorn, Executive Member for Education and Children at Hounslow Council, said, “There is no time in your life when it is too late to learn. Whether you want to pursue a hobby or improve your skills, we will have a course for you.

“As well as helping people develop a new skill, courses such as these can often be an important first step in gaining the confidence they need to get further training, or back into the workplace.”

For further information on all the courses on offer from Hounslow Adult and Community Learning, or to request a copy of the new course brochure, call 0208 8583 6000 or email or visit


May 18, 2007