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Published 14 July 2017

Picture of the Year 2017

A stunning shot of frosted rocks on the banks of Loch Lomond is the winning image of this year’s Picture of the Year 2017. 

The competition organised by West Dunbartonshire Council and West College Scotland was won by local resident Eilidh Macdonald from Alexandria.

Eilidh wins £200 and one day’s training with local photographer Stewart Cunningham of Great Scot Photography.  Eilidh’s winning image along with the shortlisted top ten pictures will go on public display in a touring exhibition throughout West Dunbartonshire. 

The two runner up pictures including The Autumn Look, a beautifully framed shot of a couple walking through Balloch Park  and Go With The Flow, a  stunning picturesque image of the waterfalls at the Antonine Wall in Clydebank

The shortlisted photos were up for public voting by people on the Council’s Instagram, Facebook pages and votes were also cast by email.  Feedback from the public was outstanding this year with the images being rated by the public more than 1,250 times. In the final assessment judges praised the photographers for their sharp, colourful, creative and striking images. 

Eilidh, 21, said: “I am really thrilled to win this competition as the standard of the shortlisted pictures was really high. I love taking pictures and the picture of the frosty rocks was taken just before sunset and I love it.  I am very grateful for the prize money which I will use to buy a new lens for my camera.

She added “I’m looking forward to seeing my picture on public display and I would encourage people to go along and see the wide range of great pictures which were submitted to the competition.”

West Dunbartonshire Council asked residents to capture images that show the local area at its best. The winning image along with other images will be used by the Council to promote West Dunbartonshire as a great place to ‘Live, Work and Visit’.

Bailie Denis Agnew, Convener of Communications, Museums and Cultural Development, said: “Congratulations to Eilidh on her winning photograph which shows the natural beauty we have on our doorstep here in West Dunbartonshire. I would to thank everyone who took part in the competition and also our partner West College Scotland for their continued support in this project.”

Bob McEwan, Curriculum Leader for Art, Design & Photography, said: “Eilidh’s image really impressed us and is a clear winner.  The standard this year has been exceptional which gave me and the other judges a tricky task of picking one overall winner and I would like to congratulate everyone who took part.”

The shortlisted images will go on display at libraries across West Dunbartonshire later this year.