The winners have been named in our October holidays photo competition – although picking the best pictures was no easy task thanks to the quality of shots submitted.
Policy Lead for Education, Councillor Yvonne McNeilly, judged the entries and after much thought was finally able to pick a top three. We asked school pupils in Argyll and Bute to send us photographs they took over the October break to be in with a chance of winning one of three prizes.
As part of the council’s drive to attract more people to live, work and invest in Argyll and Bute, the theme of the competition was simply #abplace2b – meaning pupils were encouraged to take photos of scenery, places, wildlife or whatever else they think shows our area at its best.
- The top prize of a framed presentation of their winning picture and £50 cash was awarded to Tarbert Academy’s Chloe Twynham for her lovely rainbow picture
- Second prize, and £30 cash goes to another Tarbert Academy pupil, Alannah Megginson, for her gorgeous beach scenery picture
- And third prize, along with £20 cash, is given to Oban High School’s Lauren Gibson for her superb photograph of a young boy (her brother) looking out to sea
Councillor McNeilly said: “The pictures we were sent were all amazing. It’s really wonderful to see our children taking such an interest in the world around them and to see how well they capture the beautiful surroundings of Argyll and Bute.
“Chloe’s picture instantly touched me as it shows a lovely rainbow over Tarbert. Following the tragedy of the Nancy Glen fishing boat earlier this year, I just felt this image was almost like a symbol of hope. Really, any of Chloe’s entries would have been a worthy winner, but this picture had a particular impact when I first saw it.
“I’d like to thank everyone who entered and also all the parents and school staff who encouraged pupils to enter and helped them with getting their entries to us. I hope all of those who entered will continue to take pictures of their local area and share them on social media using #abplace2b so that we can see what is capturing their imagination in Argyll and Bute.”
The entries will continue to be shared on the council’s social media channels in the coming days.