Following a huge response to the Whitelee Windfarm Photography Competition, and hours of deliberation, the competition judges managed to debate their way through the 250 entries to select a picture submitted by the Palmer family from East Kilbride as the winning snap.
The winning image is titled, ‘Blowing in the Wind (Farm)’ http://twitpic.com/2xqs24. The picture features Sally and was taken by 16 year-old Ruth. Describing the picture, the Palmer family said: “The idea of blowing the turbine like a dandelion was Sally's - the title was contributed by Bob Dylan fan Gordon!”
The judges (Susan Deacon, ScottishPower Renewables Chariman; Brodie Duncan, Pictures Editor, The Herald and Chris James, photographer) were all impressed with the high standard of entries and the enthusiasm shown by all of the keen amateur photographers. In selecting the winning image, the judges said they were impressed by the originality, the colours and the execution of the shot. They noted that it was fun and a good example of making the very best of poor weather conditions.
As competition winner, The Palmer’s scooped a top of the range X5 camera from GE’s Power series, as well as family passes to Glasgow Science Centre.
Second place went to Steven McCann http://twitpic.com/2yonza from Glasgow who also impressed the judges with his image, noted as being a good example of illustrating the scale of a wind turbine. Third place was awarded to Maree Lucas http://twitpic.com/31j7s6 from Edinburgh with her landscape shot called 'Raise the Sails'.
The competition was launched via Whitelee Windfarm’s twitter feed http://twitter.com/Visit_Whitelee and was kindly supported by The Herald, GE Cameras @GECamerasUK and Glasgow Science Centre @gsc1.