ANM Group have announced the winners of their annual photographic competition after much deliberation from a panel of four judges who said selecting the winners was a “tough task”.
Out of more than 100 entries, the leading prizes go to entries from Turriff, Kemnay and Westhill. Local photographer and journalist, David Porter from Turriff won the ‘Country Life’ section with an image of a farmer competing in a ploughing competition near Auchterless.
The image, taken on a bright, clear day in February with a Canon EOS 7D camera and 70-200mm also features a wind turbine. David was runner-up in the landscape section of ANM Group’s first photographic competition in 2011. Runner-up was Allan Sutherland from Stonehaven and Darren Wright from Aberdeen secured third prize.
Alexander Thomson from Kemnay was the winner of the Landscape section with an image of a man walking his dog on a frosty afternoon near Kemnay Bridge. The photograph was taken at 4pm one January afternoon using a Nikon D7000 with an 18-105mm lens. Runner-up was was Alex Duncan from Drummuir, Keith, and third place went to Dianne Smith from King Edward.
The winner of the special award for the best photography relating to an area of work carried out by ANM went to Brian Battensby from Westhill for his photographs of Thainstone Mart. The junior award went to 13-year-old Iona Duncan for her photograph of Charlie and his sheep.
ANM’s Bob Dow was on the panel of judges. He said: “The standard was incredibly high. There were some wonderful photographs and it was a very hard choice for the judges at the end of the day, there were a lot of potential winners.” All the photographs from the competition can be viewed on ANM’s Flickr site at flickr.com/photos/anmgroup. Prizewinners all receive small cash prizes.