The Community Transport Photo Competition is here, and it’s your turn to be the judge! Join us in celebrating the essence of CT as beautifully captured by Operators.
Winning Photo: The photo with the most votes will win the CT’23 Award for Photo of the Year and will be announced at the CT’23 Awards Ceremony.
How to Vote: Voting is simple and accessible for everyone.
Browse the Entries: Explore the stunning collection of images submitted below. Each image tells a unique story about CT users and their experiences.
Choose Your Favourite: Select the photo that speaks to you the most. It could be the composition, the story behind it, or simply the way it makes you feel.
Cast Your Vote:Click here to cast your vote. It’s a quick and easy process and every vote counts!
Voting is open from 16th October to 6th November, 2023. Don’t miss this opportunity to have your say and celebrate the sector’s creativity and beautiful moments.
Spread the Word! Share the excitement. Encourage your friends, family, and neighbours to vote as well. The photo that receives the most votes will win! Use #CT23PhotoComp on social media to keep the momentum going.
The photo contains two of our regular ladies, Mary and Jackie, out on our Shaw. Our charity, unfortunately, sees all too often, how elderly, less mobile people become confined to their own homes or Care Homes without help, they lack the freedom to get outdoors and explore the world around them. We researched how we may be able to help, and this led us to create our Tri-Shaw Project which has now been used by many, everyone who has been on it has told us how much they enjoyed it.
This photo shows that Community Transport is not just buses & large vehicles, it’s also being out and about and having fun together with like-minded people.
Out & About Community Transport
All aboard the bus to Belfast in September 2022 are a group of women from our area who represent 14 happy faces, 14 different walks of life but one thing in common: Out and About Community Transport. Many of these ladies have become good friends through our organisation connecting them with each other on these feel-good trips. Just look at the joy in faces of these passengers on their day out as the world returned to normal or the new normal.
West Somerset Railway Association
The West Somerset Railway Association is a small charity that supports a 23-mile steam railway. Established in 1871, we are the longest heritage railway in England. It is one of the largest tourist attractions in the area, bringing around 200,000 visitors each year. It has become an integral part of the wider local community, providing employment, apprenticeships and volunteering opportunities and supporting local businesses and economy through tourism.
We recently ran a station walk with Quantock Landscape Partnership Scheme (QLPS) and PLUSS (who supports people with disabilities and other disadvantages and those with serious health conditions). The group included a range of people including those of BME background, some recovering from major surgery, some elderly people suffering from loneliness, and some with mental health issues. It was a very mixed group. The project was the first of its kind and was a huge success – allowing us to share our knowledge and experiences, educate people about the railway and the impact of steam on the local area.
Beacon Centre for the Blind
For those who can’t see this picture, it shows four men standing smiling, with their arms around each other, outside a local museum. There’s happiness, laughter and friendship, all encapsulated in a photo. However, it’s what you can’t see in this image, that is what we are so very proud of. This photograph shows why our community transport service here at Beacon is so very important, it’s not just about getting people from A to B, it’s about building confidence, and independence and connecting people with their communities, in some cases for the first time in years. This photograph, captured during one of our first day trips to the Black Country Living Museum, showed us just what a difference a minibus can make and our activities are going from strength to strength as a result.
Compaid deputy transport manager, Lynn, with our passenger, Joan Martin, on her 100th birthday having presented her with flowers on behalf of Compaid. Joan has been travelling with Compaid for over 8 years and is a much-loved friend. Our transport & staff go the extra mile for all our passengers, making journeys enjoyable and in Joan’s case a memorable special birthday full of surprises.
Waltham Forest Community Transport Limited
Young children and their parents/guardians. This photo is of a children’s organisation called Ambition Aspire Achieve. The group had planned and paid for a day out for disadvantaged families, who may otherwise be unable to afford a day out, for a chance for them to reconnect and spend quality time together. There were 5 full buses in total, and everyone had a lovely time at Whipsnade Zoo.
Woman and Elderly Woman dancing on a tail-lift. The photo shows one of our drivers, and her passenger, having a little boogie on the tail-lift, whilst another passenger chuckles in the background. The service that elderly passengers are attending is called Door-To-Store, where clients are picked up from their homes and dropped off at a supermarket for their weekly shopping. The picture shows that there is a genuine friendship and mutual respect between our driver and her passengers.
Barbara Bus Fund
Adam is a young man who doesn’t let restricted mobility get in the way of what he wants to achieve. He is an advocate for disability rights but makes sure he takes time out for himself.
Here Adam is enjoying a break in Yorkshire made possible by the Barbara Bus Fund wheelchair-accessible vehicle “RICHARD.”
Awel Aman Tawe – Taith Co-op
We have chosen these two images as they are outside the norm of what our day-to-day community transport service offers. In these photos are a group of children that are part of the local schools’ Eco Council. We were asked to provide transport for them and a member of staff who was exploring renewable energy, this journey was to the local wind farm run by Awel Aman Tawe (AAT). The children, otherwise known as the “eco-warriors” for the day, were taking part in activities which look into renewable energy and the impact (both positive and negative) it can have on the environment. Photograph 2 shows the children in the vehicle and as can be seen by their faces they were excited to discover the vehicles they were being transported in were eco-friendly too as they are fully electric.
The children asked our driver all about the pros and cons of the vehicle and upon reaching their destination were fascinated watching how the car is plugged in “just like a phone only with a bigger plug!” Our driver pointed out that their journey had been unexpectedly educational and relevant to their topic. The first photograph shows the children (having been transported up the mountain to the AAT windfarm choosing to walk the remaining distance (about half a mile) to the turbines seen in the distance. We took this photograph of the children with the two EVs and the turbines to go in the children’s project report.
We had been trying to showcase how we support people in the community and these photos really show that, just look at the smiles.
Badenoch & Strathspey Community ConneXions
The picture with the old Nag, was taken during a recent weekly health walk, pictured left to right are Mary Walker; Alan Brown and Christine Macdonald and of course the Old Nag – name unknown! Volunteer Alan Brown drives our Where2Today minibus and takes a group of people each week to somewhere on the outskirts of Aviemore. He provides a guided tour and always has historic stories to tell, which the walkers just love. At the end of the walk he takes them for coffee to a local café.
The picture on the wheelchair trike is a client who is registered blind, called Mark Campbell, he wanted to feel what it was like to be “cycling” and getting the wind in his hair. This was a group outing where a number of visually impaired people got to try a variety of assisted bikes on an All-ability trail, autumn 2022. Both volunteers and clients had a wonderful day, shall we say, a lot of adrenalin was flowing!
Community Transport Association UK is a charitable company limited by guarantee. Registered in Cardiff no. 1985361 Registered office: 12 Hilton Street M1 1JF. Registered as a charity in England and Wales no. 1002222. Charity Registered in Scotland No. SC038518.