The winners of an Aberdeenshire Council photography and writing competition called ‘Belonging to Aberdeenshire’ were announced at a special event recently.
Joint first prize went to Stonehaven’s Iain Wood for a picture of ‘The Cairn at the top of Creag Choinnich’ in Braemar.
He shared the award with Susan Laskey of Cruden Bay.
Iain, 54, said: “I am an enthusiastic amateur photographer and it is very humbling to win this prize.
“It is always great to hear that people like your photographs and helps inspire me to do better.”
The Belonging to Aberdeenshire book features 34 high quality images from photographers and camera clubs across the area as well as reflections, personal memories and feelings about the places that matter to people.
The project had almost 400 submissions and was based on a concept by photographer, Andy Hall.
Mr Hall’s own book, ‘A Sense of Belonging to Scotland’, featured Scottish personalities.
All contributors to the Belonging to Aberdeenshire book were presented with an exclusive edition by Aberdeenshire Provost Hamish Vernal and had the opportunity to view the exhibition.
Provost Hamish Vernal said: “The Belonging to Aberdeenshire publication is a unique collection of thoughts and images about the area.
“It is fantastic to see how the landscapes and locations have provided inspiration for people.
“The creativity shown by everyone who contributed to the book and in the community as part of the exhibition is inspirational.
“I encourage people to view the book online and visit the exhibition here and in Banchory next month.”
Chair of Aberdeenshire Council’s Education, Learning and Leisure Committee Councillor Alison Evison who spoke at the event at Arbuthnot Museum commended the project
She said: “This project really does showcase the vast artistic talent we are privileged to have all around us.
“The Belonging Book is not just one event as work has also been going on in the community to engage and inspire local people through a wider exhibition that runs until the end of September.