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Life in Colour

CEWE has teamed up with renowned photo restoration artist James Paterson to restore old photos to their former glory for 5 lucky winners.


Our photos are so precious, but time and storage can all take their toll on our most treasured photographic memories.

CEWE has teamed up with renowned photo restoration artist James Paterson to restore old photos to their former glory. We’ve chosen five lucky winners who entered with an image they wanted bringing back to life and now it’s time for you to see the results!

Meet James, our Photo Restoration Artist

Whether it’s an old wedding album that needs a little TLC, or a picture of your family in black and white that can be transformed into colour for the first time, James can take a neglected old image and bring it to life with impressive detail and accuracy. You can have a look at James’ impressive portfolio over Paterson Photos.

Our Life In Colour Gallery

We had hundreds of amazing entries into our Life In Colour competition and were blown away by the response. A big thank you to everyone who shared your precious photographs with us. (We wish we could have restored every single one.)

The gallery below features all the images from our competition winners and bloggers after they’ve been transformed into full colour by James. You’re going to feel like you’ve been transported back in time for a few moments so be prepared to be impressed!

Our Competition Winners

Joanne Park Scott
Life in Colour

Dairy Farmers

A huge congratulations to our winner Joanne Park Scott, who entered a picture of dairy farmers from her family taken 4 generations ago. As the only photo of its kind left in the family, we’ve transformed the image to full colour and enhanced the quality to provide Joanne and her family with a glimpse into their history.

Joanna’s image was chosen to be restored and colourised by Deyena of I’m Moving to London. Find out about Deyena and her image transformation below.

Daniel Stevens
Daniel Stevens

All Aboard the HMS Spearhead!

Taken in 1945, this image features Daniel Stevens’ grandfather aboard the HMS Spearhead in Hong Kong harbour. The photo was taken on the 2nd of September 1945 –  the same day that the surrender of Imperial Japan was formally signed, bringing the hostilities of World War II to a close.

Victoria, of the amazing Victoria’s Stories, selected this touching image to be restored and colourised. Find out about Victoria and her own Life In Colour image transformation below.

Peter Gordon
Peter Gordon

Marchin On

Taken in 1944, this image shows Peter Gordon’s mother marching in the Auxiliary Territorial Service. Turning 95 years old this year, the image will be a touching gift for Peter and his mother, who can be seen whistling in the picture.

A team of passionate historians, our friends at London Historian selected this stunning image to be restored and colourised by James. We think the results are simply historic! Discover the image we transformed for London Historian below.

Jane Henry
Jane Henry

Proud as Punch

This wonderful image has been chosen for restoration 51 years after it was first taken. The photograph shows Jane Henry’s father celebrating the birth of his sixth child. Now aged 90, the image will bring precious memories back to life. 

One of our favourite bloggers, Fiona at Dolly Dowsie selected this image to be restored. Fiona also had a wonderful picture of her grandmother and friends restored by James.

Anna de Pretto
Anna de Pretto

When I Was Young

This photograph provides an insight into daily life back in the good old days. Entered by Anna de Pretto, the picture features Anna’s mother, uncle and grandmother relaxing in the summer garden with some chickens, whilst the washing dries.

Our final image was selected by celebrated photographer, Chris Dalton. Chris also had his own touching image of his Grandfather restored as part of the project.

With Thanks to Our Bloggers

Life in Colour
Life in Colour

I’m Moving to London

In love with travel, photography, places and architecture, we’ve teamed up with Deyena from I’m Moving to London to transform an old picture of her mother as a child with her grandmother. James coloured the image and has brought a special family moment captured in time to life.

To find out more about Deyena, visit her Instagram here: https://www.instagram.com/immovingtolondon

Life in Colour
Life in Colour

Victoria’s Stories

As a lover of beautiful places and scenery, Victoria is an avid photo taker and has a real passion for photographs, as seen on her blog Victoria’s Stories. We’ve worked with her to restore and colourise an old image of her grandfather in his band. The image captures the fun time vibes of the era and we have worked with James to make this image sing as loud as the band once played.

To find out more about Victoria, visit her Instagram here: https://www.instagram.com/victoriametaxas/

Life in Colour
Life in Colour

London Historian

We’ve teamed up with The London Historian to recapture what Tower Bridge would have looked like when it was first constructed. The photograph was taken in 1892, and research has revealed that the bright blue colour we have come to associate so famously with the bridge, was once brown. Just another example of how photo restoration can bring history to life.

To find out more about London Historian, visit his Instagram here: https://www.instagram.com/londonhistorian/

Life in Colour
Life in Colour

Dolly Dowsie

A blogger that enjoys capturing precious moments on camera, Fiona at Dolly Dowsie asked us to transform her photograph of her grandmother and her friends. While the image is in good condition, it offers the perfect opportunity to colourise this moment captured and truly bring her Grandmother’s memory to life.

To find out more about Fiona, visit her Instagram here: https://www.instagram.com/dollydowsie/

Life in Colour
Life in Colour

Chris Dalton

We’ve teamed up with London-based photographer, Chris Dalton, to restore an old black and white picture of his grandad (left). This photo was taken whilst his grandad was serving in the paratroopers when he was stationed in Egypt. He’s taking a minute out to chat with a fellow paratrooper in the classic Jeeps they used to get around in.

To find out more about Chris, visit his Instagram here: https://www.instagram.com/chrisjdalton/


Photo Book Spotlight: ‘Made in Paddington’

“I’m not a professional author, this is just pure fun. It’s a tribute to my grandmother and my grandfather. It’s a love story… it’s a rather lovely love story.”

It never ceases to amaze us how much heart our customers pour into their photo books, and Christopher Muttukumaru is no exception. A London-based retired barrister with a longstanding interest in photography, his book caught our attention with its unusual use of heirloom family photographs.

Read more on the blog

Terms and Conditions

  1. The promoter is: CEWE LIMITED (company no. 00485715) whose registered office is at Unit 4 Spartan Close, Tachbrook Park, Warwick, Warwickshire, CV34 6RR.
  2. The competition is open to residents of the United Kingdom aged 18 years or over except employees of CEWE LIMITED and their close relatives and anyone otherwise connected with the organisation or judging of the competition.
  3. There is no entry fee and no purchase necessary to enter this competition.
  4. By entering this competition, an entrant is indicating his/her agreement to be bound by these terms and conditions.
  5. Route to entry for the competition and details of how to enter are via Instagram using #ColourMyPhoto
  6. Only one entry will be accepted per person. Multiple entries from the same person will be disqualified.
  7. Closing date for entry will be 24th April 2019. After this date no further entries to the competition will be permitted.
  8. No responsibility can be accepted for entries not received for whatever reason.
  9. The rules of the competition and how to enter are as follows:
  10. Post an old image you would like restoring and colouring to #ColourMyPhoto on Instagram
  11. Tell us why your photo deserves to be restored and coloured.
  12. The promoter reserves the right to cancel or amend the competition and these terms and conditions without notice in the event of a catastrophe, war, civil or military disturbance, act of God or any actual or anticipated breach of any applicable law or regulation or any other event outside of the promoter’s control. Any changes to the competition will be notified to entrants as soon as possible by the promoter.
  13. The promoter is not responsible for inaccurate prize details supplied to any entrant by any third party connected with this competition.
  14. The prize is as follows: A colourised print and digital copy of one old image as supplied by the competition winner. The prize is as stated and no cash or other alternatives will be offered. The prizes are not transferable. Prizes are subject to availability and we reserve the right to substitute any prize with another of equivalent value without giving notice.
  15. Winners will be chosen by an independent adjudicator or panel of judges appointed by the Promoter.
  16. The winner will be notified by DM on Instagram within 28 days of the closing date. If the winner cannot be contacted or do not claim the prize within 7 days of notification, we reserve the right to withdraw the prize from the winner and pick a replacement winner. The winner must also supply a good quality version of the image to the Promoter to ensure the restoration is as accurate as possible.
  17. The winner is required to capture footage of themselves opening the final print and providing the footage to CEWE for promotional use.
  18. The promoter will notify the winner when and how the prize is delivered.
  19. The promoter’s decision in respect of all matters to do with the competition will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  20. By entering this competition, an entrant is indicating his/her agreement to be bound by these terms and conditions.
  21. The competition and these terms and conditions will be governed by English law and any disputes will be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of England.
  22. The winner agrees to the use of his/her name and image in any publicity material, as well as their entry. Any personal data relating to the winner or any other entrants will be used solely in accordance with current UK data protection legislation and will not be disclosed to a third party without the entrant’s prior consent.
  23. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook, Twitter or any other Social Network. You are providing your information to CEWE LIMITED and not to any other party.