NCL quintet among hospice calendar competition winners

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Five talented photographers, consisting of students, former students and staff from New College Lanarkshire, are among the winners of St. Andrew’s Hospice’s competition to find stunning images of Lanarkshire for its 2022 calendar.

The ‘Lanarkshire Through a Lens’ competition was open to all amateur and professional photographers across the region. Entries could feature landmarks or landscape in Lanarkshire, or capture what participants loved most about life in Lanarkshire.

Photography lecturer Elizabeth Morton provided the January image, with her gorgeous wintry shot of South Calder Water, while our food service assistant Lisa Kirkwood took the February image of the Strathclyde Park waterfall and water tower.  Eileen Imlah, a lecturer in NCL’s Supported Learning faculty, had her eye-catching image of a leaf in the rain chosen to illustrate March.

Former NCL student Fabrizio Fella’s striking close-up of a bee sitting on a purple flower takes pride of place in July, while HNC student Tracy Thom’s superb portrait of Una the Highland Coo follows in August.

Fellow student Murronrose Dunn, who is this year’s HNC student of the year for photography, beautifully captured Bothwell Castle at sunset, which features in September.

After the judging panel decided on a shortlist of entries, the public were then invited to vote for their favourites, with the top 12 most popular images to be featured in the calendar.

NCL student Tracy Thom said: "It was an absolute honour to be shortlisted, let alone be chosen as a winner and have my image featured in the 2022 calendar. I chose this image of 'Una the Coo' as my entry as I thought this beautiful face would make people smile. The Brucefield Fold herd were such a photogenic bunch and were an absolute pleasure to photograph."

Lecturer Elizabeth Morton said: “Due to travel restrictions, I couldn’t go to my usual locations for landscape photography. Lanarkshire provided me with this frosty scene, and it is a pleasure to share it with others through the St. Andrews Hospice 2022 Calendar. I am privileged that it has been chosen as the January image and hope it brings some cheer to the people who support the hospice by buying the calendar. I am also delighted that students past and present feature in the final selection.”

Andrew Flynn, Schools and Community Development Co-ordinator at St. Andrew's Hospice, said: “The judges were blown away by the quality of the submissions and with the thousands of votes cast. Congratulations to the 12 winners, and thank you to everyone who entered and voted in the competition. This calendar is only possible because of you!”

You can view all the winning photos on the St. Andrew’s Hospice Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/StAndrewsHospice1/

The calendar is now available to pre-order at https://www.st-andrews-hospice.com/lanarkshire-through-the-lens-calendar-competition/

St. Andrew’s Hospice provides specialist palliative care for up to 30 in-patients with life-limiting illnesses, a range of out-patient services, and support for families.

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