Back in September the Council launched a photo competition to run alongside the publication of its first “State of the City Report”. Members of the public were asked to send in “images capturing their perception of Leeds during 2011”.
The winner has now been announced and some of the 200 entries have been selected for publication in the State of the City Report.
I thought I’d post the ones that have been included in the glossy report. It doesn’t look like they’re being published elsewhere. In fact the Council hasn’t even been in touch with all the photographers whose work has been included.
It also feels like the photos chosen are an accurate reflection (in a night-time waterfront kind of way) of the city fathers’ idea of what Leeds is and what things matter most about the city.
Apropos of which it’s nice to see Land Securities’ iconic hoarding outside the Trinity construction site – “your retail SOUL MATE is coming” – making it into the publication.
A parallel “alternative” photo competition was being run by the Beyond Guardian Leeds blog. If and when that finishes, it’ll be interesting to see how different (or not) the visions turn out to be.
You can click on most of the photos to enlarge them.