Six Inspiring Women from the World of Design

Six Inspiring Women from the World of Design

The theme of this year’s International Women's Day is 'Be Bold for Change', and we can think of so many women who fit this description, especially in the design realm — a field which myself and Jeeves are hugely passionate about.

International Women's Day celebrates the social, economical, cultural, and political achievements of women. Here’s a selection of some of the female designers who inspire and influence us on a daily basis.

Team Locals’ March Photography Competition: ‘Old & New’

Team Locals’ March Photography Competition: ‘Old & New’

Portsmouth is renowned for its fascinating history, and is quickly becoming recognised for its cultural growth and modern urbanisation. That’s why, wherever you walk in the city, you see clashes of past and present. It’s attention-grabbing, how many layers you can often see from any one point on our island.

So, ‘Old & New’ is our theme for March!

‘In Pairs’ photography competition: the results and our winner

We had precisely 88 entries to our ‘In Pairs’ photography competition in February — none of them featured two fat ladies, though. Choosing a winner was even tougher than ‘Fresh Starts’ back in January. But the four of us whittled it down to one victor. Their prizes?

Before we get to the winner, let’s take a look at some of the February entries. None of which contain the Eiffel Tower, no matter how many times you misread it as ‘In Paris’. The talent we’ve seen over the past four weeks has week remarkable:

The swans!

Where better to start capturing pairs than with the very bird whose necks come together to form love hearts? Here’s a selection of shots of the Canoe Lake swans we got through this month:

Sarah Ann Brown


Bailey Williamson

Dave George Cooper

In Pairs

Dawn Roberts

Corina Harvey

Leon Slater

Charlotte B. — pairs of pears!

Claire Messenger

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Dave George Cooper

James Brand

The Top Picks

In Third Place: Alex Slator

January’s overall winner hopped back into our top picks section this month with this fantastic capture of a man and man’s best friend taking a leisurely stroll down the seafront, on the path snaking between Southsea Castle and the Castle Field battlements.


In Second Place: Paul Watt

Cute candid couple, sharp architectural geometry, and nautical references in the spinnaker-shaped streetlights, millennium walk anchor crest, and glimpses of harbour water. This street shot from Paul Watt is wonderful.


In first place, this month’s winner: Johnny Black!

It’s not just that this is a beautiful and unique perspective of the Royal Garrison Church in Old Portsmouth, or that Johnny has captured the sun casting a pleasingly long shadow across its roof — it’s the perfectly-placed and expertly-composed candid couple, and the second pair in the photo: two slits in the spire’s shadow cut out by its windows. A well-deserved February victor. Follow Johnny Black on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter, and pay a visit to his website »

Why video marketing is essential in 2017

Why video marketing is essential in 2017

Video marketing is one of the leading forms of advertising, and has been for several years. If you’ve yet to start promoting yourself with video, you’ve fallen behind. Facebook feeds, Twitter timelines, Instagram streams, Snapchat stories, YouTube channels, and many other platforms are awash with an endless reel of video content.

‘Fresh Starts’ photography competition: the results and our winner

Turning over a new leaf and making a fresh start means something totally different to everybody. That, plus it being a new year, was the reason we chose Fresh Starts as the theme of our first monthly photography competition in 2017. We received 50+ entries. The ideas and talent we’ve seen is marvelous. Before we whittle down to the winners, here’s a selection of January’s submissions.

The sunrises!

We love a sunrise! And we received dawn shots aplenty. Here are some morning sun submissions which slotted smoothly into ‘Fresh Starts’.

Shot from Gosport, by Phillipa Newman


Grzegorz Kopacz, shot at Portchester Shore

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Trevor Goodman, shot at Southsea seafront

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Bryony Rogers, shot at the Farlington Marshes

Scott Morey

Tim Kingsbury

A month of frosty fog

Portsmouth is home to exactly zero fair-weather photographers — as soon as the fog hits, you’re out shooting the moody misty streets and seascapes early in the mornings! Here are some submissions which capture the more bitter, colder rises of January.

Lucy Lake

Danny Camfield


Steve Howells

New days and new beginnings

Whether it was capturing the dawn of each new day, or portraying the resurrective symbolism of the new year, every photographer who submitted pictures to this month’s competition made the Fresh Starts theme their own.

Joanne Taylor: “I took it yesterday whilst planning my own personal ‘fresh start’ — I used a paper cup from Eastney Coffee Cup (supporting local business!) to make my own miniature Southsea Castle. It's part of my plan to visit the beach as much as possible this year and notice the beautiful in the ordinary.” This was one of our favourite submission story from the past month.



John Parke

Fresh morning dew on a freshly-spun web, in Old Portsmouth, captured by @sarah.a.brown

“One door closes, another opens” — Zoe Garnham, captured at the Southsea Rose Gardens

Captured at the Freelands Heliport in Fareham Creek by Shaun Roster


In third place: Georgie Banfield 

Georgie captured this fantastically-focused photo of daybreak dew one foggy morning on Milton Common. We love the inverted reflections in the droplets, the spidery tendrils of the plants, and the murky muted natural tones. 


In second place: John Parke

John Parke photographed a runner down on Southsea Seafront — landmarks including South Parade Pier and the Solent Forts can be seen on the horizon, the running action is exciting and ties into the idea of living healthier in the new year, and the reflection ties it all together beautifully.


In first place, this month’s winner: Alex Slator!

Picking a winner for January was seriously tough, but this combination of candid portraiture and urban cityscape works so well, we had to go with Alex Slator’s early rise picture. It’s familiar, but twists the ‘freshness’ of our daily starts. The composition feels at once planned and quickfire, and the tease of the Spinnaker Tower on the horizon brings it all back to Portsmouth. It’s also a fresh angle on the city that we’ve not seen captured quite like this before. So, big congratulations to Alex for being January’s overall winner! Follow Alex on Instagram »

Alex has won:

  • A locally-designed sea-themed tee from Love Southsea
  • A green juice cleanse programme from natural organic vegan store Wild Thyme on Palmerston Road
  • A yoga class pass for two at Portsmouth Yoga in Albert Road
  • A SWEAT Outdoors class taking place out in the elements, come rain or shine, on Castle Field from 9:00am on Saturday mornings
  • Two tickets for a film of your choice at No. 6 Cinema throughout February
  • £10.00 to spend at Greens Café beside Canoe Lake
  • Two breakfasts at Southsea Beach Café

Click through below for our February competition!