Emma’s image captures the prize

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The image Gone Fishing capturing an angler in the scenic landscape of the Hebrides, has landed Emma Fraser of Stornoway, first prize in the Hebrides International Film Festival-Environmental Photography Competition.

Emma a twenty two year old islander, who works in a local photography shop, has been capturing island scenes for six years.

Emma said: “I like to photograph landscapes, portraits and macros. Here on the island there are so many opportunities to catch sunsets and sunrises and experiment with the light on the fantastic beaches. I am delighted to have won this competition as I hope to have a career as a photographer in the future.”

From the large number of entries in the Hebrides Environment Competition, the HIFF judges selected fifteen finalists.

The work of the finalists are currently on display in An Lanntair’s Round Room: They are Emma Fraser Lewis, Peter Ferguson North Uist, Mike Sullivan, Lewis, Martin MacDonald Lewis, Duncan MacKinnon Eriskay, Jade Starmore Glasgow , Mary Bishop Hunt, Sarah MacDonald Lewis, Sofi-Ona Hammer Lewis, Chris Pile Barra, Stephan-Maria Aust, Germany, Sarah Darling Isle of Mull and Jim Hope , Lewis

Winner of the HIFF mobile phone short film was twelve year old Tina MacKenzie of Stornoway. The first Hebrides International Film Festival in September, the only film festival in Scotland showing international environmental films, screened thirty two films in venues from Sporsnis, Ness to St Peter’s Daliburgh, South Uist over six days.

The international films featured fracking, genetically engineered food, sand wars, coastal erosion and saving elephants. Closer to home the film about 86 year old Morag Morrison of South Harris Independence /Cailleach reflected on her unique sense of independence and the connection she has to her island home. HIFF will be back in September 2015.

More information on www.hebfilmfest.org