Young Photographer of the Year Awards

Rotarian John Halkett, 3rd prize winner Erin Mitchell, 1st prize winner Grace MacDonald, Rotarian Diane Fyffe and Academy Rector Raymond Jowett.
Rotarian John Halkett, 3rd prize winner Erin Mitchell, 1st prize winner Grace MacDonald, Rotarian Diane Fyffe and Academy Rector Raymond Jowett.

The Rotary Club of Aboyne and Upper Deeside held a “Young Photographer of the Year” Competition for pupils in years 1-3 at Aboyne Academy.

The theme this year was “Everyday Life on Deeside” which attracted many imaginative entries showing great skill and enthusiasm among the young competitors.

The winning photo was submitted by 13 year old Grace MacDonald of year S2. Entitled “The Flying Scotsman”, it depicts a pheasant racing across a sunny field. It was chosen as the winner by Marie Shaw, this year’s independent judge of the competition. A keen photographer herself, Marie is the Aberdeenshire Arts Development and Film Location Officer and she was delighted to assist the Rotary Club with the onerous task of judging the many entries. Commenting on Grace’s photograph, she said “I loved the title and the beautifully clear colours of the pheasant centre stage in the image. A perfectly captured moment.”

Second prize was awarded to Patrick Leahy, age 13, whose photo “It’s Not Just Bees That Swarm” shows a group of bee-keepers huddled round a hive at the Tarland Community Apiary. Marie thought that it was “a fabulous informal portrait of bee keepers at work, looking like alien visitors to Deeside”.

Third prize went to Erin Mitchell, Year S1, for her close-up study of a pine cone on a footpath which reminds us that, if we look carefully, beauty is everywhere in the Dee Valley. The local Rotary Club are very keen to continue the Competition making it an annual event, joining the Young Musician of the Year Competition and the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards in fostering a collaborative and mutually beneficial working relationship with the staff and pupils of Aboyne Academy.