Capture Kingston

People in carnival style dress at Vai Tolworth Brazil Festival.

We are delighted to announce the winners of Capture Kingston: Lockdown & Out

Thank you to everyone who partipated, even if your photograph wasn't selected for a prize it will still become part of the photographic archives at Kingston History Centre helping to preserve images of the borough for future generations. We hope to see you at the Capture Kingston Lockdown & Out exhibition at the Rose Theatre later this year. 

The winners are the photographs that in the opinion of the judges, best represented the categories of the competition.

Category: Most historically valuable 

Winner: Clap for Carers by Andrew Sillett

Yoshi Bunce Kawajigashi Alvarado breaks down in tears outside the entrance to Kingston hospital as frontline staff including doctors, nurses, patients and RAC staff clap for carers, key workers and NHS staff at the peak of the pandemic lockdown.

Category: Landscape/Interiors/Exteriors

Rainy Night Reflections - Blue by Nikolai Vasin

Category: Still Life and artwork inspired by COVID-19

Winner: Save Lives by Robert Muller, Fairfield Park

Category: Portraiture and Lifestyle

The Rose Theatre by Colin Newton

Category: Best photo taken South of the Borough

Winner: Dancing in the Street by Andrew Sillett

Category: Best photo by an under 18

COVID-19 Vaccinations are here! by Jessica Bester

Category: The Les Kirkin Memorial Prize

The Morning after second lockdown by Nikolai Vasin


A winner will be chosen from each of the 3 categories above and the prize will be a pair of tickets to a performance at The Rose Theatre. In addition prizes will be awarded as follows. 

  • Les Kirkin Memorial Prize
    Prize money of £50 and a pair of tickets will be awarded to the favourite photo of the Friends of Kingston Heritage Service.

  • Under 18s
    Prize money of £40 and a pair of tickets will be awarded to the best under 18 entry that illustrates life in the Borough during Covid.

  • South of the Borough
    Prize money of £25 and a pair of tickets will be awarded to the best photograph of Hook, Chessington, New Malden or Tolworth during Covid.

  • Most Historically Valuable
    Prize money of £25 and a pair of tickets to the image that, in the opinion of the judges, most accurately captures a moment of life in the Borough at this period in time.

  • Kingston’s Choice
    A pair of tickets will be awarded to the image that is voted for by members of the public. 


Entries have been judged by a panel comprising the Rose Theatre, Committee Members from Friends of Kingston Museum & History Centre, Kingston School of Art, Kingston Arts Commissioning and Kingston Heritage Service Team. 

The winners and a selection of runners up will have their prints displayed at Kingston History Centre and the Rose Theatre Kingston and will be invited to see their work on display at the Rose Theatre.

About the competition

Every year, Kingston History Centre and the Friends of Kingston Heritage Service run a photography competition called Capture Kingston. The competition was set up in memory of Les Kirkin to ensure Kingston’s photographic collection continues to record the ever changing history of the Borough. 

This year’s Capture Kingston project has been devised and delivered in partnership with the Rose Theatre.

The theme for this year's photo competition was Lockdown & Out, inspired by lockdown, self-isolation and the changes we are still living through. We have been facing restrictions and challenges as well as limitations in our contact with friends and family. However, during this period, expression and creativity have flourished.