First place goes to Matt Drake with the stunning ‘Moo-dy Rackwick’, second place goes to Robbie Thomson with the aerial view of ‘Varagen leaving Eday Pier’ and third place is awarded to Cara Duncan with the mystic ‘Rockpool treasures’. The worthy winners will all receive a Kirkwall BID voucher.
All entries were reviewed by four local judges including our Harbour Master, Jim Buck; Leah Seator who is the Editor of The Orcadian; Anne Bevan who is the Curriculum Leader in Art & Design at Orkney College UHI; and Photographer Ken Amer from Orkney Photographic.
'Doon the Coast' was open to anyone based in Orkney. The only criteria was that the photo must have been taken in the last 12 months in Orkney. Photos could include coastal images including boats, wildlife, water, people, landscapes, or coastline buildings.
Jim Buck, Harbour Master, Orkney Harbours, said: “As you can see from the quality of entries, our ‘Doon the Coast’ photography competition has showcased everything Orkney has to offer through the eyes of our local community. We are very lucky to live and work in such a beautiful part of the world, and it’s been great to highlight some of the talented budding photographers we have across the islands.
“All of the images we received were of a very high standard, and it was hard for our panel of judges to choose just the top three, everyone was worthy of recognition. Thank you and well done to all who entered!”
Leah Seator, Editor, The Orcadian, said: “The standard of entries was so high in this competition, and it just shows that Orkney is as brimming with talent as it is with stunning subject matter for photographers.
"The top three photographs stood out for us all in the end, particularly because they all show Orkney in a different light — something we hadn't seen before. Orkney is very well photographed for obvious reasons, but it is captured in these three images with new and creative perspective. The highland cow was such a beautifully composed photograph, and is not a typical sight in any case, whereas the rockpool picture showed us a completely new view, and was framed beautifully. The picture of the Varagen is something completely unique — the colour and shape making it really striking, and it captures the essence of the competition perfectly. Well done to all entrants, it wasn't an easy choice!"