Digital exhibition of the winners of the photography competition "Changing Seasons in Falkirk." The digital exhibition features 11 photos that capture best the Falkirk area's natural heritage and the turn of the season, from over 200 submissions. The competition winners, commended photos and photos picked by the Great Place team will be displayed in a gallery space in Falkirk in 2021.
The winning photos were selected by the Falkirk-based, award winning commercial photographer David Wilkinson (Scotdrone), Falkirk Ranger Fiona Wishart, and members of the Great Place project.
1st Place Winner 'The First Light In Winter' by John Cuthbert
"Looking at the weather forecast the night before provided the inspiration and drive to get up early, head towards the Kelpies site, pop the camera on the tripod and await the sunrise with a few gloved hand rubs thrown in just to keep the circulation going..."
2nd Place Winner, 'Carron Glen' by Frank McCafferty
"Scotland's natural environment nestled among the oak and Ash woodlands. Beautiful in every season however the warm and colourful brown & golden leaves envelope the River in Autumn. The Carron also provides prime fishing for the Kingfishers & Dipper."
3rd Place Winner, 'Having a Field Day' by Ahndi Gardner
"This cheeky soul likes to hop down to the ground bird feeder to help himself, and quickly hop away again. Never keen on having his picture taken, this one required some patience to capture on camera."
I was delighted to see so many fantastic images capturing the diverse beauty of our area. It was particularly nice to see many familiar locations photographed from a fresh perspective.David Wilkinson, competition judge
'Callendar Woods' by Allan Johnston
"This was taken in Callendar Woods during an early morning walk in Autumn. Instead of taking wide shots of the forest, I took my zoom lens to pick out specific beauty spots. I found this tree that stood out against the darker forest that are still green."
'Mudflat Illusion' by Sheila Johnston
"The mudflats at Airth, looking like ice or a heavy sea. The photograph was taken on a warm evening in May, the sunset giving a pale orange tinge to the Forth which runs along the upper part of the photograph."
'Who's watching who?' by Ahndi Gardiner
"I spotted the mother and two fawns through the bushes about 100 yards away on the golf course. They started walking over towards where I was, and it looked like they were going to come passed the exit of the path I was on. I sat down and waited and the next thing the mum walked up onto the path I was sitting on and the two fawns came past her. The front fawn of the two ended up walking right up to me and this was the last shot that was still in focus before it got too close to photograph".
'Christmas Morning Sunrise' by Ian McIntyre
"This photograph was also taken near Muirhouses, in Bo’ness, at sunrise on Christmas Morning of 2019. I decided to go for an early local walk. It was very quiet and peaceful and the mist quickly disappeared creating the perfect opportunity to capture the moment in a photograph.”
'Larbert Loch in the Summer', by Allan Johnston
''I only just recently discovered this place existed after driving past it thousands of times for work. What a beautiful little loch with great wildlife''.
'The Four Seasons' by Dorothy Sarabia
"Cherry Blossom is one of my favourite trees and I see its real beauty when it blooms. The photo collage depicts that in life, challenges come, we fall or fail but we will never give up, we must learn to stand up as many beautiful things await us."
'Kinneil Kirk' by Ian Shearer
"Peaceful walks to parks and open spaces such as Kinneil Estate provided solace to many during lockdown. On a beautiful spring evening, my thought about this photo was: "Social contact isn't allowed, but found some fun guy hanging out next to Kinneil Kirk".
'Busy Bee' by Tony Bibby
''This image was taken in the back garden, as a drowsy bee flew around the early May flowers. Drunk on the pollen, it was completely oblivious to the lens getting ever closer to capture how delicately it clambered, upside down, across the overhang of petals.''