Last year’s Intermediate winner from Megan Park, Ardnamurchan High School
Despite Covid, the Rotary Young Photographer Competition is going ahead this year as normal. Heats will take place in Rotary Districts across the UK and Lochaber’s winners will go forward to the West of Scotland heat.
Based on a qualifying date 31 August 2021 the competition categories are for Intermediate (11 to 13) and Senior (14 to 17). Competitors are invited to send entries on the theme, “Colours of Nature”. To accompany the photograph, each entrant must provide a brief sentence describing the relationship of the photograph to the theme.
Lochaber Rotary is grateful for the expertise of Iain Ferguson, Photographer, who will be the principal judge.
Entries should be sent to Iain Ferguson by 3rd December with a view to making a decision before Christmas with winners and runners up being announced in early January.
High School Head Teachers have a copy of the full competition rules but the details can also be downloaded from the Lochaber Rotary website here.
President Simon Hardiman, said; “I encourage High School pupils to take part and hope Lochaber can be as successful as last year when we had an entrant from Ardnamurchan High School in the UK final after winning the District then senior Scottish and North of England heat.”
Although plans had been well in hand for the Christmas Craft & Food Producers’ Festival and Cairngorm Reindeer Parade scheduled for 27th November, Lochaber Rotary has decided to cancel the event this year.
Traditionally, numbers attending have been high and while the Parade would be straightforward to manage, some elements within the Nevis Centre would ideally need fairly close contact to be successful.
Lochaber Rotary President Simon Hardiman said; “In the interest of community safety, we came to the conclusion that this still doesn’t seem to be the right time to be encouraging families to gather together.”
Santa has been reported as being disappointed but relieved too because he would have had to stay quite distant from the children and said; “I would be quite sad if anyone caught Covid as a result of coming to see me”.
After 75 weeks of on-line meetings, the members of Lochaber Rotary returned last week to their regular weekly lunch meeting at the Alexandra Hotel where they were welcomed by deputy manager, Val McIver, who is also an honorary member of the Club.
President Simon Hardiman hosted the meeting and members discussed a range of issues and made initial arrangements for the Christmas Craft & Food Producers’ Festival and Cairngorm Reindeer Parade scheduled for 27th November. Prospects look good with nearly 80 craft-workers stalls signed up already. President Simon said; “It’s good to see plans coming together for the Festival – we will be going ahead unless some major Covid difficulty stops us.” The work of Rotary has continued over the various shutdowns and Lochaber gave a £500 donation to the overseas work of polio eradication, which has been Rotary International’s prime humanitarian project since 1985. At the present time, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation match Rotary’s donations, so doubling the benefit. While polio continues through the Covid Emergency in some parts of the world, the vaccination infrastructure that Rotary helped build has also been used to distribute Covid vaccine