The Guardian's chief photographer Ken Mears picks his favourite pictures of the week.
This crowd shot captures all the enjoyment of Walthamstow’s Garden Party
Children enjoying a cookery session with a local chef at a summer club event organised by the Loughton Methodist Church
Junior Rangers search for newts in Chigwell Meadows and Roding Valley Meadows Nature Reserve. It is a lovely shot of the children enthralled by what they are doing, shot at a low angle in a rural setting.
Pearly Queen of Hackney Jackie Murphy, who lives in Leyton, has been awarded the Points of Light award for outstanding contribution to society. The summer light in the garden was too harsh so she was placed in the shade to make the portrait with a natural backlight coming in from behind to highlight her headgear
The charred remains of an outbuilding after a fire at a takeaway and flats in Leyton. The rich blue sky helps accentuate the wreckage