A picture of love in Surry Hills

A picture of love in Surry Hills

The focus will be on one of Sydney’s most popular and colourful neighbourhoods with the launch of the Love Surry Hills photography competition which opened today.

The City of Sydney and Surry Hills shopkeepers are encouraging residents and visitors to hit the streets with their cameras to capture their favourite slice of life for their chance to win a $750 Surry Hills shopping spree.

Census statistics released last month found Surry Hills was one of the four most densely populated locations in Australia.

Lord Mayor Clover Moore said the neighbourhood had a huge variety of residents with countless stories to tell.

“It’s not hard to see why Surry Hills is such a popular neighbourhood for people to live in, with its fantastic community spirit, great parks and opens spaces, cafes, small bars and unique shops,” the Lord Mayor said.

“The back streets and laneways of Surry Hills are home to tucked-away art galleries, pocket parks, playgrounds and other hidden gems. This competition is a great way for people to share their favourite streetscapes, people, shops or art with others.”

Magdalena Duma is the owner of a clothing shop on Crown Street, which specialises in European-style women’s wear and special occasion clothing, featuring leather, studs, sequins and corsetry.

“Surry Hills is more designer, high fashion and very much on-trend, so for me, moving here has been the best business decision I have made,” Ms Duma said.

“The clientele understand my product and appreciate that it’s designed and made in Australia.

“It’s a great place to photograph because there’s lots of texture and colour, nature and old buildings, quirky stores, cafes and bars – there’s loads to photograph.

For the past two years, Gillian Elliott has been manager of the Surry Hills Neighbourhood Centre, which runs the annual Surry Hills Festival and the popular Surry Hills Markets, held on the first Saturday of the month at Shannon Reserve.

“Surry Hills is beautiful, it’s glitzy and glamorous, but there’s also this more down-to-earth heart made up of people who have been living here for decades and who have a wealth of experience – it’s not all young hipsters – and I love that diversity,” Ms Elliott said.

“I also think it’s a fabulous suburb to look at because it has a nice mix of traditional and modern Sydney, as well as social housing, which adds to its unique character and charm.

“I would encourage budding photographers to try and capture the essence of the suburb and look at the uniqueness of the people that live here.”

Entry to the Love Surry Hills photography competition is free and open for entries from Monday 3 June to 8pm Sunday 30 June.

The 10 best entries will be exhibited at Surry Hills Community Centre and the community invited to vote for their favourite throughout July, with the winner announced in August.

The winner will receive $750 worth of shopping vouchers, which can be spent in their choice of up to three shops in Surry Hills.

For more information, visit lovesurryhills.com.au

For media inquiries or images, contact City of Sydney Senior Media Adviser Jodie Minus, phone 0467 803 815 or email jminus@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au

For interviews with Lord Mayor Clover Moore, contact Jonathon Larkin on 0477 310 149 or email jlarkin@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au