CRA 2014 winner - Cycle-Rail Photograph

South West Trains – Phil Dominey, ‘By Royal Appointment’.

Phil Dominey’s hypnotising ’By Royal Appointment’ image was captured during the Richmond to Windsor cycle ride, on Sunday 7 September. South West Trains put on extra and longer trains for the event, seeing approximately 600 bikes returning from Windsor & Eton Riverside to London by rail. Phil explains the story behind the winning composition: “The photo shows how the station was awash with bikes, but the station management instigated a well drilled plan to load trains with each coach identified for a specific station.”

He continues: “The team kept everyone informed, resulting in South West Trains receiving praise via Twitter on how well organised the train service was. No complaints were received, no trains were delayed and considering that South West Trains didn’t know the level of demand, all of those involved including train crew and station staff, were pleased with the outcome.” The shot, which sums up the harmonious partnership between South West Trains and cyclists on the day, was described by the judges as using beautiful composition and colours and was also applauded for the background story.

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