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Thomas Casey’s winning shot of Richmond Park, a London cycling hot-spot.

Thomas Casey’s winning shot of Richmond Park, a London cycling hot-spot.

The winners of a photo competition celebrating cycling in London have been announced.

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We were astounded by the quality of entries to the Barclays London by Bike competition - clearly there are a lot of passionate Londoners out there who love snapping those special moments that can only be discovered on a bike.
Nick Turpin, Renowned photographer

Kris Matyskiewicz from Watford won in the amateur category of Barclays London by Bike competition, while Thomas Casey from Islington took the top prize in the professional category.

The two beat over 1,000 entries from across the UK to emerge winners.

Kris’ inspiring photograph is set against two of London’s best cultural icons – Big Ben and the London Eye – and features a silhouetted cyclist on the Southbank.

Thomas’ entry is a scenic shot of the lush greenery at Richmond Park, a known hot-spot for cyclists.

The winners will see their photos displayed as postcards in 300 Barclays branches across Greater London.

In addition, they will each receive a luxury prize package of £1,500 in cycling equipment, a stay at the five-star Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park in London, and a visit to the restaurant Dinner by Heston Blumenthal at the hotel.

The competition invited seasoned photographers and cycling enthusiasts to submit entries that reflected cycling in London via the Barclays Bikes Facebook page (new window).

Entries were assessed by an expert panel of judges which included renowned photographer Nick Turpin, who spearheaded the street photography movement in the UK; Tim Arthur, Editor-in-Chief of TimeOut magazine; and Richard Ainsworth, Picture Editor of the London Evening Standard newspaper’s Homes & Property section.

Nick Turpin said: “We were astounded by the quality of entries to the Barclays London by Bike competition – clearly there are a lot of passionate Londoners out there who love snapping those special moments that can only be discovered on a bike.

“Our winner’s photographs really captured the beauty of cycling in the capital and inspired others to do the same.”

Ashok Vaswani, CEO of Barclays UK Retail and Business Banking, added: “As the sponsor of Barclays Cycle Hire and Barclays Cycle Superhighways we are committed to improving how people travel around the capital, and are delighted with the success of the London by Bike competition.

“The standard of entries celebrating cycling in London was outstanding and I’d like to congratulate the winners, and look forward to seeing their images across our branches.”

Notable runners-up include Emily Dimmock from Brixton in the amateur category, who inspired judges with her quirky and personal take on cycling in London.

To view the gallery of the winning photos and shortlisted entries, visit the Barclays Bikes Facebook page (new window).

Since 2010, we have sponsored London’s Barclays Cycle Hire and Barclays Cycle Superhighways schemes.

Both initiatives are aimed at encouraging commuters, tourists and Londoners to use a sustainable and environmentally friendly means of travel, helping to make London a more pleasant city in which to live and work.

 
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