Congratulations - to everyone who entered The National Wallace Monument Photography Competition 2010, which received a host of entries from all parts of the world - north, south, east and west.
A note of thanks also has to go to all entrants in the competition - for their patience over recent weeks, as the judging of the competition was delayed due to the snow which arrived at the end of November, and which caused disruption right up until the end of the year.
A special word of Congratulations has to go to the Photography Competition winners -
Jon Marshall of Tullibody
(Entries Nos. 24 & 25)
Jonathan Newman of Stirling
(Entry No. 112)
Katie Stoneman of Livingston
(Entry No. 19)
The judging of the Competition was led by the acclaimed photographer Alan Donaldson of Glasgow, who was impressed by the quality and standard of all the entries:
“When I saw the entries I was pleased to see some people take a step back and include the landscape with the Monument. It would be so tempting and not wrong to concentrate on the elaborate stonework, however I think the monument sits so well in the landscape that this is what I prefer.
The two photographs I have chosen are great examples of this. Jon Marshall’s Forth Evening has got many elements to it, yet the Monument is not overwhelmed. The sky has got great interest and the flock of geese is a nice touch. The snow on the hills adds texture and the farmland on the Forth give a sense of a working area which I like.
Jonathon Newman’s entry is a much more romantic image, some would say a little too sentimental, shortbread tin style. But I like it. The composition is spot on and the colours just say Scotland. The Monument looks proud and I like the stone work. The wisps of cloud give a real mood and although the contrast of the picture is low I think this gives a softness which I like. On a bright sunny day with high contrast and a blue sky this would be a very average picture.
These are the two pictures I like best though I have to say there were other very good efforts, however there can only be one winner and that is Jon Marshall”.
For more information on Alan Donaldson’s creative photography, please visit - www.alandonaldson.co.uk
All visitors to the Monument who entered the Photography Competition will receive a voucher providing complimentary admission, and entitling them to receive a complimentary copy of the official National Wallace Monument Guide Book - ‘The story of the Monument’.
A selection from all of the entries received is now on display in Legends Coffee House at the Monument.