August 17th 2023

Having received 300 entries, this was our best year yet! Announcing the winners of our ‘Doon the Coast’ photography competition for 2023.

New for this year, we launched the competition with three categories, and introduced a Young Person's category.

The winners for 2023 were:

  • Nautical Category: Jennifer Watt with ‘Hoy Head’
  • Nature or Wildlife Category: Myles Campbell with 'Oystercatchering the Sunset’
  • Coastal Life Category: Michael Sutherland with ‘Ripples in the Sunset’.

They all received a Kirkwall BID voucher.

Nautical Category Winner: Jennifer Watt with ‘Hoy Head’
Nautical Category Winner: Jennifer Watt with ‘Hoy Head’

The winner of the Young Person's Category was Alfie Harcus, aged 11 with his photo, 'Summer at Scapa'. Alfie received a Polaroid Go Instant Camera. The two runners-up in this category also won a prize.

Young Person's Winner: Alfie Harcus with 'Summer at Scapa'

Each category was judged by one of our four local judges, including our Harbour Master, Jim Buck; Leah Seator who is the Editor of The Orcadian; Ross Flett from Orkney Seal Rescue; and Fionn McArthur from Start Point Media. As head judge, Jim decided the overall winners of each category from 12 shortlisted entries, who will all appear in our 2024 calendar.

'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.

Nature or Wildlife Category Winner: Myles Campbell with 'Oystercatchering the Sunset'

Jim Buck, Orkney Harbours' Harbour Master said: “The standard of entries this year may have even surpassed 2022, and it was a real challenge to choose the winners.

"Across the four categories, all of our shortlisted photographs perfectly capture what life here in Orkney is truly like, and to see our beautiful coastline through the eyes of Orcadians was fascinating.

“I would like to thank everyone who entered, and especially commend the high standard of entries from budding young local photographers. There was such imagination and diversity in their submissions which made the judging process really enjoyable.”

Coastal Life Category Winner: Michael Sutherland with 'Ripples in the Sunset'
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