I am writing about this not because I think the contest is noteworthy due to wondrous prizes, but for the sheer irony of the issues it raises.

Over the years I have lived in the docklands area, I have on many occasions been stopped from taking photos either on the DLR stations, or within the Canary Wharf estate.

Although the Canary Wharf estate management office assures me that, despite the actions of their security guards, my photography is fine, I have never had a reply from the DLR about their official policy.

Flicking through one of the free rags given out in the area, I notice a photo competition.

The terms are simply delicious – they want photos taken from DLR trains or on their stations.

Yes – there we have it! The next time I am stopped from taking photos on the DLR for security or privacy reasons, I shall inform the person that I am entering a competition run by their own company.


Anyhow – more details here.


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  1. Jayne says:

    Commonsense is never a requirement for many job positions 😉

  2. Mike Hellers says:

    Couldn’t agree more…I have been stopped/questioned several times while taking pictures at DLR stations. I guess this contest should make it easier, at least over the next weeks.
    Don’t even get me started on the whole Canary Wharf topic. Don’t bother using a Tripod within the estate. You will be approached and stopped by security guards within minutes.

  3. Steve says:

    And spot the thinly veiled rights grab

    “Photographs entered into this competition may be used by Serco Docklands in future promotional materials.”

    Best not upload any hi-res files.

  4. hehe, I don’t even want to enter the competition but I’m looking forward to winding up a few DLR security guards…. *evil pantomime laughter*

  5. Paul M says:

    Take a photo of someone being interrogated by DLR “Safety Officers” for taking a photo.

  6. Andrew says:

    I couldn’t resist uploading one of my photos which caused “issues”. I eventually got an apology from DLR, so it must be okay to offer it…

  7. Tarkaman says:

    Took a great picture of two DLR goons giving some poor foreigner hell -I expected a two armed lift off the station by these two large (gentlemen?) -what I got was “Oi! can I av a copy mate”? err…sure, where do I send it ? 🙂

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