Glasgow photo competition winner announced

McCarthy Stone celebrated the artistic talents of the Glasgow community recently, as part of a special photo competition awarding £250 to keen local photographer, William English for his inspired entry.

Friday, 5th March 2021, 8:08 am
William English's winning entry Sauchiehall Street on a crisp autumnal day

As part of its ongoing commitment to supporting the communities in which it builds, McCarthy Stone the leading developer which has a Retirement Living development in Pollokshields in Glasgow - Merchants Gate, hosted the photo competition to capture the architecture and culture that can be found around every corner of the city.

The judging took place with the help of The Lord Provost Councillor Braat, who officially opened Merchants Gate in October last year. The final winner was chosen and the photograph is now on display inside the show apartment of the new development, which is open to view by appointment.

The winning photograph was taken by William English, 52, from Mount Florida in Glasgow.

William English, photo competition winner

William entered the competition after hearing about it from a friend who saw it in the local newspaper.

Photography has long been a hobby of Williams’, but it has only been in the last ten years that he has decided to pursue it properly.

William works at The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and last year he hosted an exhibition of street photography from around Glasgow city centre, it was very well received by both staff, students and members of the public.

His winning photograph is called ‘Sauchiehall Street on a crisp autumnal day’.

He comments: “I`m delighted that my photograph has been chosen and will be displayed somewhere where I`m sure it will be appreciated and will hopefully stimulate discussion, memory and imagination.”

William is considering setting up an online page in the future where he can sell postcards, cards and small prints of his photography.

Lord Provost Councillor Braat, comments: “All of the entries were excellent and each brought a different perspective to life and places in Glasgow. For me personally, William’s picture of Sauchiehall Street signifies an image of where we are at present, but with a clear path striding forward (just as the individuals in the picture) towards hope and a brighter future. The rays of sunlight streaming down from above are a small reminder that, in the darkness of this past year, there is still light and hope,

something we all desperately wish to cling onto and need during these difficult and extraordinary times.

“I know that William’s photograph will be admired by all who visit Merchants Gate.”

Located on Springkell Avenue, Merchants Gate in Pollokshields has been exclusively designed for those aged 60 and over and will compromise a selection of one and two bedroom private apartments. An open-plan fitted kitchen with integrated Neff appliances is a key feature in each individual property. There will also be a communal lounge for residents to socialise, guest suite and landscaped gardens; and a friendly House Manager who will oversee the development day-to-day. Prices start from £189,000.

For more information and to book a tour of the new show complex at Merchants Gate call 0800 201 4740, alternatively visit