'Snapping' up the prize

19th November 2020 | posted in News

There's no chance of Paula Craggs losing focus and that’s why she was the deserving winner of our annual report photography competition.

Earlier this year, Railway Housing Association asked residents and staff and their relatives to send in photographs of landmarks, scenes and anything else of interest in the areas where it has homes.

The best of the pictures would then be used in the Association’s 2021 calendar, which also contains its annual report on the previous year.

The winner of this year’s competition, who was chosen by residents who are members of the Residents’ Forum and Focus Groups, is Paula Craggs, who works as a Customer Services Assistant at Railway Housing Association’s head office in Darlington.

Her photograph of Bamburgh Castle in Northumberland now adorns the front of the calendar, as well as featuring in the month of May.

Paula received £100 for winning the competition and has donated the prize money to Cancer Research, a charity she says is close to her heart.

The mum-of-two said: “I enjoy walking in the countryside and on the coast with my husband, children and dog Luna, and I’m particularly fond of Northumberland.

“I never go anywhere without my camera, and Luna is probably the most photographed dog in the world.  

“This is the first time I have had my photographs published and was so surprised, but delighted, when I won, and I had no hesitation in donating the money to Cancer Research UK.”

Anne Rowlands, Chief Executive of Railway Housing Association, said: “We have been producing our annual report calendar for a few years now, but this is the first time we have held a competition and asked residents, staff and families to submit their photographs.

“We were overwhelmed with the quality of the photographs, which perfectly depict the areas in which we have homes, from Northumberland in the north to Herefordshire in the south.

“Paula’s picture of Bamburgh Castle was very special, and she was a deserving winner.”


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