These scenes may be old but the places they depict still exist and by photographing them we want you to capture their rich history and Croydon’s vibrant future.

Croydon Guardian has teamed up with the Whitgift Foundation to launch the Future of Past Places competition, a part of the Croydon Heritage Festival.

Croydon Guardian: Get creative by photographing any of the five locations in any way you like

Anyone who wants to take part should identify the locations depicted in the five historical images then explore the town to discover these locations for themselves before getting creative by photographing these areas in any way they like.

The competition is open to everyone, whether using a camera, smart phone, tablet or even film and entries can be posted, uploaded or tweeted.

Whitgift Foundation chief executive Martin Corney said: “The photography competition is a great way to explore Croydon’s past and also to celebrate Croydon and what it means to local people.

“Whether using a camera, smart phone or tablet, we welcome entries from all in the community.”

Croydon Guardian: Croydon Guardian has teamed up with the Whitgift Foundation for the competition

The competition runs until 10am on June 27 and the winners will be decided through a public vote in two categories – 16 years and under or 17 years and over.

How to enter

Post or email: Email entries to or post to The Whitgift Foundation, North End, Croydon, Surrey, CR9 1SS. If you send your entries via email or post, you must include your name, age and telephone number.

Facebook or Twitter: tweet your photos to @1596Whitgift with the hashtag #CHFcomp, or post them to the Facebook page

Croydon Guardian: Entries for the competition have to be in by 10am on June 27

If you are entering via Twitter or Facebook you must state your age in the tweet or post you include your entry in.

After the closing date a judging panel will then pick the 10 best photos in each category.

These images will be displayed at Fairfield Halls and Centrale on the second week of the festival (28 June to 4 July) and on the Croydon Guardian website for the public to vote on the best images in each category.

Croydon Guardian: A public vote will decide the eventual winner of the competition


The winner of the 16 years and under category will win £100 Centrale Gift Card and the winner of the 17 years and over category will win £150 Centrale Gift Card.

Both winners will shadow a Croydon Guardian news photographer for the day and have their photographers included in an edition of the Croydon Guardian.