Smiling Happy People – winners announced in Photography Competition for new Museum

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Six winning entries have been selected which will feature in displays at the new museum and archive beside Lews Castle in Stornoway. 

Photographers of all ages from across the Outer Hebrides sent in entries to the competition which was looking for portraits of islanders at work, rest or play.

The judges were Elsie Mitchell CneS Arts Development Officer, Gayle Meikle, Arts Officer in Taigh Chearsabhagh Museum and Arts Centre and Jon MacLeod, an artist in his own right and also the Exhibition and Education Assistant in An Lanntair.

The Heritage Team are pleased to announce that the winner in the aged 10 – 15 category was Lola Sands from Sir E Scott School in Harris with a photograph of a Scalpay fisherman. 

Her classmate Anna Cummings came second. Their prize includes a workshop for their class with a professional photographer.

Jane MacDonald from North Uist won the 16- 25 age group with a photograph of her grandfather.

While Emma Fraser from Lewis came second with an iconic image of a pipeband marching through Stornoway.

The judges found the over 26 category the hardest to reach a decision on but the eventual winner was Anoif Remah from Ness with a stunning modern black and white image of kite flying set at the war memorial in Lewis. 

The runner up was Ria MacDonald from Stenish in Lewis with her photo of two boys enjoying a South Lochs sunset.

The adult age categories winners receive one to one workshops with a professional photographer or vouchers for use to purchase photography equipment.

We look forward to seeing the winning entries on display in the new museum and archive.

It is hoped to have some of the other entries on display before then as a taster to the new museum.