Carrick seascape to scope out young photographers

SCHOOL pupils are being invited to show off their picture-taking skills and capture ‘the power of the sea’ in a nationwide junior photography competition.

The Saltire Prize competition, launched by Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon on September 1, wants to raise awareness of the natural environment and the potential of marine energy.

Organisers say the theme of the competition is aimed at highlighting the “awesome force and natural resource” of the waters around Scotland.

Renowned Scottish photographer David Eustace will judge the competition after entries are shortlisted by selected picture editors from regional newspapers. The winning entrant will then receive photography equipment and professional lessons for them and their school.

Ms Sturgeon said: “The Saltire Prize Competition can inspire young people to focus on the aims of both this Year of Creative Scotland and 2013, the Year of Natural Scotland, and to capture the beauty and benefits that Scotland’s seas offer so many of our communities.

“I am delighted that David has agreed to bring his professional eye to the judging and I look forward to seeing the entries from around Scotland.”

The competition entries will be split in to three age groups – primary, S1-3 and S4-6, and all photographing abilities are welcome.

Tog Porter, who has operated his photography business Wigwam Photography out of Barrhill for four years and been a professional photographer for 30, said the competition is a brilliant idea.

“The younger generation should be encouraged to take photography more seriously,” he said.

“Most kids nowadays have got a phone that generally takes half decent pictures so they don’t have to go out and buy an expensive camera to enjoy photography.”

He said the Carrick area could provide some inspiring scenes for the competition.

“The coastline has got some great potential,” he said. “Look at the rock formations between Girvan and Ballantrae - they are absolutely superb.

“If you capture them in the right light with the right amount of wind behind the sea you can get some amazingly powerful pictures there.”

For more information about the competition visit www.scotland.org/power-of-the-sea, or to register email info@scotland.org.