The winners of our national #WalkingFromHome photography competition have been revealed.
Entrants to the competition were asked to share photos of their daily walks during lockdown on social media. The competition ran for seven weeks during February and March, and each week had a different colour for inspiration.
Living Streets helped people stay active during lockdown by providing free walking resources and activities for all ages, along with advice on how to walk whilst following COVID-19 restrictions. The competition aimed to help people keep their local walks interesting by taking the time to stop, look and connect with their surroundings.
Staying local has meant we have discovered new places, met new people and explored our local area as never before. These winning photographs are a celebration of the rich visual landscape which is right on our doorstep. As lockdown eases and we travel further afield, we hope these photographs act as a reminder of the quiet, everyday joy that a short walk can bring.
“Daily walking has always been a big part of my life, particularly where I live in Portsmouth, which is very walkable.
"In lockdown, walking has become even more important to me as I've been working from home. It's been great to explore my local area even more on foot.”
“Taking my six-year-old daughter for her daily walk around the local neighbourhood during lockdown has been a real lifesaver for us, both mentally and physically. We have always walked to our local shops and parks, as well as to school every day, but somehow getting outdoors, for however brief a time, has felt much more precious since the pandemic began.
“Seldom a day goes by when we don't bump into a friend on our walks (from an appropriate distance, of course!). These brief points of contact, even a quick wave or a 'hello' from the other side of a road, have really helped keep our spirits up and lessened the inevitable feelings of isolation brought on by lockdown.”
"Myself, my wife and our two young kids live by Portobello, Edinburgh's seaside. Here we are fortunate enough to have a local burn, fields and the beach to visit. During the last year we have got to know our local area so much better and been on many small adventures with the kids, exploring and learning about the local wildlife.
"My photograph of the crocuses was taken during one of many walks in our local National Trust for Scotland's garden and forest. It's one of our daughter’s favourite wildflowers and the setting seemed appropriate to showcase their beautiful purple colours."
“I've enjoyed breaking up my 'working from home days' with getting outside for a walk. It has given me an opportunity to get some exercise, spend time in nature and listen to books that I would have read on my usual commute. I took this photo as it is great to have a low traffic neighbourhood so close to home to provide a safer environment for my family to walk and cycle in.”
May is Living Streets’ National Walking Month and we want people to keep up the walking habit!
Pledge to #WalkThisMay and you'll be shown how far you'll walk, the calories you'll burn and the CO2 savings you'll make by walking those trips instead of driving them.