Community spirit captured in competition

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An acclaimed photographer who has documented the favourite places of some of Scotland’s leading figures is heading a new photography competition in Aberdeenshire.

Belonging to Aberdeenshire will capture iconic images of what Aberdeenshire means to local people and Ambassadors.

Andy Hall received international recognition for his successful book “A Sense of Belonging to Scotland”, which was described by Ewan McGregor as “The most beautiful collection of photographs of Scotland that I have ever seen”.

The Stonehaven-based photographer has now been commissioned by Aberdeenshire Council’s Be Part of the Picture creative placemaking programme as part of an exploration of what makes Aberdeenshire unique to its people.

Photographers of all skill levels, including novices, are being invited to submit an image of a local feature or place that they have a special connection with, along with a brief description that reflects how it contributes to their sense of belonging to the area.

Submissions are being split into six categories:

Growing up in Aberdeenshire – An indigenous local’s perspective

Putting down roots in Aberdeenshire – An incomer’s perspective

Making a living in Aberdeenshire – A worker/business perspective

Relaxing in Aberdeenshire – A holidaymaker’s/visitor’s perspective

Realising a dream in Aberdeenshire – An entrepreneur’s perspective

Longing for Aberdeenshire – An ex-pat’s perspective

Andy will be joined by international photographer Colin Prior to shortlist submissions from each of the categories, including a winning image.

The chosen images will be displayed across Aberdeenshire in 2014. The locations in the winning submissions will also be professionally photographed by Andy and included in a limited-edition photographic book that will be published next summer.

Aberdeenshire Provost Jill Webster said: “This competition will help to celebrate the true diversity of Aberdeenshire and the many different things that the area means to its communities.”

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