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Inspired by my local Woods calendar competition

Published on: Monday 3rd November 2014

Inspired by my local Woods calendar competition

Our ‘Inspired by my Local Woods’ calendar competition attracted over 110 entries from locals and community groups across Glasgow and Lanarkshire. Peter Sandground, a professional photographer and one of the judges, is helping to choose the winning pictures that will feature in a 2015 calendar, to be distributed free with the Evening Times. He tells us why he loves looking at other people’s photographs.

We live in a new digital age where almost everyone carries gadgets and devices that allow us to take pictures at any given time. This means the quality of pictures has improved and it can be difficult to know if you’re looking at a professional photograph, or one by an amateur.

Although I take photos for a number of national newspapers and lifestyle magazines for a living, I love nothing more than looking at those taken by other professionals or by amateurs.

One of the UK’s biggest news websites displays a selection of the best photographs submitted by their readers each week and I always take time to look at them and choose my favourite.

I was therefore delighted to be asked to help select the winning images from The Commonwealth Woods photography competition and, as usual, choosing the best image proved to be quite a task.

The images display the beauty of a network of 14 woods across Glasgow and Lanarkshire. They show the beautiful landscapes and wildlife available to people on their doorsteps.

It was obvious people had put a lot of thought into their subject matter, with a good range of both wildlife and landscape images, as well as using light and shade to create a striking picture.

It’s a huge challenge to decide on an outright winner and I’m so glad I don’t have to make the decision alone – really looking forward to consulting my fellow judges – Julie Hamilton of the Forestry Commission Scotland, Paul Wood of the Legacy 2014 Team and Richard Bolton, Community Woodland Officer at Castlemilk wood.

One thing’s for sure, I can’t wait to see the finished calendar.

To view shortlist entries, visit our gallery


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