Photography and art reflecting ‘My Beautiful Nottingham’ have been celebrated at a prize presentation event.

The photo and art competitions run by Nottingham in Bloom and sponsored by Capital One attracted about 1,500 entries inspired by the beautiful green landscapes and corners of Nottingham – including parks, gardens, landmarks, flowers, trees and wildlife through the seasons.  Heritage sites such as Wollaton Hall and Park and the Arboretum were a source of inspiration for many, but there were also pictures of school gardens and neighbourhood green spaces.

About 500 people enjoyed voting on the shortlisted pictures to choose the eventual winners.

The 34 prizewinners received awards from the Lord Mayor of Nottingham, Councillor Michael Edwards, at a ceremony at Capital One’s Station Street headquarters.

Dave Richards, Community Relations Manager for Capital One, said: “Capital One has been a proud supporter of the competition for many years. We have a longstanding commitment to supporting community projects in Nottingham and we feel particularly passionate about helping people to see more of the local environment, and believe this can help the city grow.’

Councillor Malcolm Wood, Chair of the Nottingham in Bloom Working Group, said: “Thank you to Capital One for over a decade of support for our painting and photography competitions.  It’s a creative way to encourage people to go outside and enjoy the beautiful places and scenery that Nottingham has to offer.  Every year we receive some incredible pictures from gifted young artists and photographers of all ages and it’s great to be able to celebrate the city’s home-grown talent in this way. Also many thanks to the teachers at city schools for encouraging their pupils to take part.”