Park picture prize for retired teacher

Sheila Robertson from Broughty Ferry has won the Loch Lomond Trust photograph competition. She was presented with her prize at the castle on Wednesday. Fiona Logan from the trust handed over the award.

Sheila Robertson from Broughty Ferry has won the Loch Lomond Trust photograph competition. She was presented with her prize at the castle on Wednesday. Fiona Logan from the trust handed over the award.

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A RETIRED primary teacher from Broughty Ferry has won a prize in a national photography competition organised by Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park.

Sheila Robertson, who is a member of the Dundee Photographic Society, entered the competition which marks the 10th anniversary of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park and won ‘The National Park at Work’ category with her image ‘Inversnaid boat reflections’.

She was presented with her prize by Fiona Logan, chief executive, Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park, at a ceremony at Broughty Castle on Wednesday.

The photography competition, which attracted over 1,000 entries from participants worldwide, was launched to highlight the best bits of the park, from the incredible landscapes and wildlife, to the inspiring people who live and work within the park boundaries.

Competition judges included Scottish writer and broadcaster, Sally Magnusson and one of the world’s leading landscape photographers, Colin Prior.

Members of the public were invited to submit photographs taken anywhere in the Park between May 26 and September 23 this year and then upload them to a dedicated website.

The four categories were: landscape; people; flora and fauna; and the National Park at Work. There was also a special category for photographs submitted by anyone under 16 years of age

Sheila, who won a £100 Amazon voucher and a framed print of her winning image, said: “This is the first time I’ve entered a national photography competition and I will definitely be entering more. I am a member of the Dundee Photographic Society and have entered their internal competitions in the past but never an external one.

“As a keen walker, I’ve visited the National Park several times over the years and I took my husband for the first time four years ago. On this trip, I was visiting as part of a group walking the West Highland Way.

“We ended one day of walking at the Inversnaid Hotel and, while we waited for our transport, I took a stroll down to see the boats. I saw the boat perfectly reflected in the water and decided to take a picture of just the reflection where the name of the hotel can be seen in the ripples.”