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Footprints' winners acclaimed

Monday 3rd June 2013

The winner and runner up of the Footprints photography competition, which ran as part of Global Road Safety Week 2013, have been presented with their prizes of photographic equipment.

Developed and managed by Road Safety GB, Footprints challenged young people aged 11-18 years to snap away on the theme of pedestrian safety.

The winner and runner up, chosen by a public poll in which more than 1,600 votes were cast, were Rukayya Bilal-Thompson and Jake Mallinson.

With more than 50% of the public votes, 15-year-old Rukayya from Luton was the clear winner. Her photo features a mysterious young woman walking across a zebra crossing, transfixed by her phone and paying no attention to the possible dangers of her surroundings. The caption reads: “When you're on the road pay attention, or you won't like the consequences.”

Theresa Casbard, Road Safety GB treasurer, and Carol Thomas, road safety officer with Luton Borough Council, presented the first prize to Rukayya.

Rukayya said: “I’d like to thank my photography teacher for encouraging me with my photography. When you're crossing the road you need to pay attention - don't use a mobile phone when crossing the road.”

16-year-old Jake from Huddersfield was the competition’s runner up. His photograph shows the aftermath of a collision involving a young pedestrian distracted by headphones, with the clever caption: “Pull the plugs from your lugs.”

Jake and his friends are active members of the Kirklees Road Safety Champions group. The Champions, all aged 11-18 years, have clocked up 900 hours of voluntary work to raise awareness of road safety and recently received a ‘high commendation’ from the Prince Michael International Road Safety Awards.

Jake received his prize from Honor Byford, vice-chair of Road Safety GB, and Mark Ramsden, section manager - highway safety, Kirklees Council.

Jake said: “I’m very surprised to be runner up in this national competition. The entry was a joint effort by the Kirklees Road Safety Champions and we are looking forward to using our camera to help us with our projects that we have planned.”

For more information about FootPrints contact Su Ormes on 01634 331710 or David Frost on 07450 415291.

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I think we were all very impressed by the quality and thought that all the entrants had put into this competition.

My visit to Huddersfield to meet Jake and the other Kirklees Road Safety Champions introduced me to a group of young people aged 11-18+ who give hundreds of hours of their own time to promote safer road user behaviour to and with other young people. They have some great ideas and are keen, energetic and highly motivated.

It is easy to become jaded by frequent negative press about young people. If you ever find yourself thinking that way, stop and take a look at what the Kirklees Road Safety Champions are doing in their community – and other groups like them - and remember that they represent thousands of young people who volunteer and give of their time and energy to help others every week all around the country.
Honor Byford, Vice Chair RSGB

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