It was a ?red letter day? for aspiring photographers who triumphed in a competition organised by the British Heart Foundation around the theme ‘what heart means to you’.

Amateur Photographer (AP) Editor Damien Demolder helped judge the Red for Heart Digital Photography Competition, the Adult category of which was won by David Jenkins.

Commenting on the winning shot (above) Damien said: ‘This is an outstanding image that really caught my eye as soon as I saw it. The use of red in the cold environment has real impact, and fits perfectly the ?red? [heart] theme of the competition. It’s funny too, and is the sort of picture that will amaze everyone who sees it.’

David said his idea for his entry was to ‘set the strength of the colour red against a muted minimal backdrop to draw on themes of tranquility and solitude’.

He added: ‘This in turn is linked metaphorically to feelings of isolation when battling health issues; the isolation is represented by the swimmer, though the beauty is still present.’

Tom Price, 24, won the Student category and Beanie Trant (aged 14) triumphed in the Junior section which was open to those aged 15 and under.

The judging panel included Independent on Sunday newspaper picture editor Sophie Batterbury.

The best images are on show in an outdoor exhibition next to the London Eye until 15 February.

They can also be viewed at

British Heart Foundation

Picture credit: David Jenkins