Photographer: Roger Kinder

Capturing St George’s Square 2020-2022

Over the summer of 2022, as part of our celebration of St George’s Square, and our mission to tell its story, the Huddersfield Local History Society (HLHS) Memories of Our Square project ran a photography competition.

Through this we hoped to gather some visual images of how the square has been seen since the beginning of 2020, with a view to using them on this site and in the upcoming Memories of Our Square book. There were two categories, adult and under-18, each with a £100 prize. The competition was open for entries from May through to October 2022, when it was judged by the following panel:

  • Alan Stopher, Huddersfield Photo-Imaging Club
  • Helen Robinson, local artist https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/HelenRobinsonArt
  • Christine Verguson, Huddersfield Local History Society (HLHS) and lead on the Memories of Our Square project
  • Andrew Caveney, photographer (Villas of Edgerton; Highfields, A Most Handsome Suburb)
  • Dave Pattern, HLHS and Huddersfield Exposed.

The judges viewed the images without knowing the identities of the photographers. There were no under-18 entries, so the judges decided to award two runner-up prizes of £50 each in the adult category.

Here we present the winning photographs along with the comments made by the judges:

Thank you to all those who entered photographs for this competition. The variety of approaches gave a broad indication of how St Georges Square has been used over the last two years and there were a number of strong images which deserved particular consideration.

Judging Team
1st place: ‘Timeless’ by Roger Kinder

Timeless – We felt that the style and composition well reflect the timeless quality of the Square as does the monochrome treatment. The multiple exposure technique provided a reminder of the countless many who’ve flowed through the station entrance over the decades. This was a worthy winner which told a story in a creative way

Judging Team
Runner up: ‘Walking with a Purpose’ by Francis Wilson

Walking with a Purpose – We loved the combination of evening sky with the light of the station clock and the low angle which creatively enabled the statue of Harold Wilson to rise above its surroundings and provide balance to the mass of the station building. The whole had a feeling of depth and space.

Judging team
Runner up: ‘The Head of Steam’ by Francis Wilson

The Head of Steam – We felt that this was an evocative image which helped highlight the stately work of both the architect (Pritchett) and builder (Kaye) yet included human references to show the modern use as a public house. The painterly effect added to the mystique, as does the low angle from which it is taken.

Judging team
Special commendation: ‘A Time for Reflection’ by Francis Wilson.

A time for reflection – The tree, an annual gift from the Norwegians, is evocative of winter in the square and the absence of people ensures that it is a record of the Covid winters. The composition is pleasing with the tree balancing the station building and the post-rain reflection brings the foreground to life and provides depth against the softness of the building behind.

Judging team
Special commendation: ‘When It All Gets Too Much’ by Dan Reilly

When It All Gets Too Much – This was the image which made us all smile. In contrast to the more sombre images this tells a story of summer heat. It is a technically well executed photograph, and it can’t have been easy to get down low to capture the scene, but perhaps the dog was fully occupied.

Judging team

The winning entries will be shared with the West Yorkshire Archive Service (WYAS) to be preserved for future generations.

This competition was part of the Historic England funded High Street Heritage Action Zone (HSHAZ) scheme.