Chloe wins photo con­test

The Oban Times - - NEWS - By Jack MacGre­gor edi­tor@oban­

A pho­to­graph of a rain­bow over Tar­bert has won a coun­cil com­pe­ti­tion be­cause it sym­bol­ises hope af­ter the sink­ing of the Nancy Glen.

Pick­ing a win­ner was a tough de­ci­sion to make for the judge – pol­icy lead for ed­u­ca­tion Coun­cil­lor Yvonne McNeilly – with so many high-quality en­tries from pupils sent in from all over Ar­gyll.

The top prize of a framed pre­sen­ta­tion of the win­ning pho­to­graph and £50 cash was awarded to Chloe Twyn­ham from Tar­bert Academy who cap­tured a rain­bow over the town of Tar­bert.

The sec­ond prize went to an­other Tar­bert Academy pupil, Alan­nah Meg­gin­son, who re­ceived £30 in cash for her beach scene. Third prize went to Oban High School’s Lau­ren Gib­son whose pho­to­graph of her younger brother look­ing out to the sea won her £20.

Coun­cil­lor McNeilly said: ‘The pic­tures we were sent were all amaz­ing. It’s re­ally won­der­ful to see our chil­dren taking such an in­ter­est in the world around them and to see how well they cap­ture the beau­ti­ful sur­round­ings of Ar­gyll and Bute.

‘Chloe’s pic­ture in­stantly touched me as it shows a lovely rain­bow over Tar­bert. Fol­low­ing the tragedy of the Nancy Glen fish­ing boat ear­lier this year, I just felt this im­age was al­most like a sym­bol of hope. Re­ally, any of Chloe’s en­tries would have been a wor­thy win­ner, but this pic­ture had a par­tic­u­lar im­pact when I first saw it.

‘I’d like to thank ev­ery­one who en­tered and also all the par­ents and school staff who en­cour­aged pupils to en­ter and helped them with get­ting their en­tries to us.’

The theme of the com­pe­ti­tion was for young­sters to take pho­tos of nat­u­ral scenery, wildlife or any­thing else cap­ti­vat­ing about the area.

Chloe Twyn­ham’s rain­bow and Lau­ren Gib­son’s brother.

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