Laneway cat snaps Surry Hills shopping spree

Laneway cat snaps Surry Hills shopping spree

A ginger cat warming itself in the sun in a Surry Hills laneway has helped amateur photographer Breda Farrell win first prize – and a $750 shopping spree – in the Love Surry Hills competition.

Ms Farrell, 50, visited Surry Hills for the first time in June armed with her new camera after reading about the City of Sydney’s local photo competition, which encouraged residents and visitors to capture their favourite slice of life in the suburb.

The winning cat photo, A Sunny Spot in Surry Hills, was taken in Adelaide Place after Ms Farrell and her husband had spent hours exploring the suburb. The couple arrived in Australia from Ireland 18 months ago.

“I live in Bondi Junction, but we had never been to Surry Hills so we thought we’d go and have a look around and explore,” Ms Farrell said.

“We took the train and tried to find our way around, to get to know the area and take photographs. We had a brilliant day exploring the back alleys and the side streets. It was really quiet and I took about 30 photos.

“We were there for eight hours, stopping for breakfast in the cutest little restaurant in the middle of these tiny little houses – then we walked around again and ended up staying for dinner.”

Lord Mayor Clover Moore said the Love Surry Hills competition was a wonderful way to encourage residents to celebrate, and visitors to explore, the ever-changing inner-city suburb.

“Breda’s photograph brilliantly captures the quiet side of Surry Hills, with its warm colours and sense of peace,” the Lord Mayor said.

“I congratulate Breda and thank all the people who entered our competition by sharing their very personal views of this much-loved Sydney suburb with us.”

More than 130 people entered the competition with the top 10 going on show online and at Surry Hills Community Centre. The public voted to select the winner.

Ms Farrell will receive $750 worth of shopping vouchers, which can be spent in her choice of up to three shops in Surry Hills.


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