Belonging Book winners announced

Susan Laskey and Iain Wood with Provost Hamish Vernal following their success in the competition.
Susan Laskey and Iain Wood with Provost Hamish Vernal following their success in the competition.

The winners of an Aberdeenshire Council photography and writing competition called ‘Belonging to Aberdeenshire’ were announced at a special event recently at Arbuthnot Museum in Peterhead.

Joint first prize went to Susan Laskey with a shot of a ‘rainbow at Slains’ and Iain Wood for a picture of ‘the Cairn at the top of Creag Choinnich’ who both received a workshop with internationally acclaimed local photographer Andy Hall.

Susan (53), from Cruden Bay said: “I am proud and over the moon to be a joint overall winner of the competition ‘Belonging to Aberdeenshire’.

“It’s a fantastic competition which brought photographers and writers together and put Aberdeenshire on the map.

“I was out walking the dogs and as luck would have it, I had my camera with me, I was able to find the best viewpoint to capture the moment.

“I am looking forward to receiving the fantastic prize, a day’s tuition with Andy Hall.”

Iain, (54), from Stonehaven, said: “I am an enthusiastic amateur photographer and it is very humbling to win this prize.

“It is always great to hear that people like your photographs and helps inspire me to do better.”

The Belonging to Aberdeenshire book features 34 high quality images from photographers and camera clubs across the area as well as reflections, personal memories and feelings about the places that matter to people.

The project had almost 400 submissions and was based on a concept by photographer, Andy Hall, whose own book ‘A Sense of Belonging to Scotland’ featured Scottish personalities.

All contributors were presented with an exclusive edition by Aberdeenshire Provost Hamish Vernal.