Vote for your favourite calendar photo


Entries have flooded into The Shetland Times following an appeal for a striking photograph to feature on the newspaper’s 2016 calendar.

More than 120 entries were received – an increase of around a third on last year’s competition.

This week newsroom staff, including photographer Dave Donaldson, have been whittled the selection down to 12.

And now it is up to readers to choose which one will grace the walls of homes and offices across Shetland next year.

To have your say, select your favourite image and then take part in our poll below. Voting will close at 11.59pm on Wednesday 2nd December.

Editor Adam Civico said: “Yet again we have received some truly brilliant photos and it was difficult choosing the final 12. Thank you to all our readers who entered and good luck to our finalists.”

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  • Anna Mainland

    • November 27th, 2015 21:40

    Awesome picture by Mr Birrel, hope to see it in the calander.

  • John Halvorsen

    • November 27th, 2015 22:14

    I vote for “Red Skies,” by Steven Birrell. He has really captured the spirit of Shetland with this piece. The subtle quality of the light, the strong composition of the image, plus the range of colours portrayed in this image make it that something special.

  • Janet Williamson

    • November 28th, 2015 8:19

    so peaceful, in this troubled world that we live in it is nice to see peace and quiet at the end of a day.

  • Danielle Armstrong

    • November 28th, 2015 12:50

    Good job ????????

  • Ellen Roe

    • November 28th, 2015 13:53

    Spectacular colours and reflections make my heart sing with longing to be part of the serenity and beauty of the Shetland Islands.

  • David Spence

    • November 29th, 2015 3:40

    I like Scott Goudie’s picture because of the composition of land, old croft and stormy sea’s. In many ways this reflects Shetland more so than the other pictures.

    The picture ahead at the present moment I feel has been photoshopped as the colour’s, I think, are far too strong. In some ways, it is not realistic enough.

    The picture of the Haven at Fair Isle is very good in its composition with strong colours (but not emphasized, I think) and a good foreground, middle ground and background.

    Red Skies by Steven Birrell is very good indeed. I like the foreground of the wave capturing the dim light of the background. However, despite capturing the motion of the wave, I think there could have been more in the middle ground to give it greater balance between the foreground and the background.

    The quality of the pictures overall is very good indeed.

    • Adaline CHristie-Johnston

      • November 29th, 2015 17:52

      This is my husbands photo and it was not Photoshopped nor have we been voting incognito . Adaline CHristie-Johnston

      • David Spence

        • December 1st, 2015 13:58

        I apologize Adeline.

        It was my first impression, as the colour’s of the picture were very well defined, and it looked, to me, to have been enhanced significantly……..but as said it was my first impression.

        Once again, I apologize.

  • John Moir

    • November 30th, 2015 16:24

    A fine selection of photographs and disappointed to some disparaging remarks regarding ‘photoshopping’.
    Red Skies by Mr Birrell was my personal favourite due to the timing of the photograph, just as the wave was tumbling over. The Haven at Fair Isle was my second choice.

  • William McCallum

    • November 30th, 2015 22:32

    Caught all the colours beautifully. Steve has a very sharp eye for detail.

  • HaydnGear

    • November 30th, 2015 22:54

    Autumn Sunset——- so beautiful, so powerfully full of fabulous atmospherics. By far and away my first choice of photograph.

  • Kathy Greaves

    • December 1st, 2015 13:27

    They are all different but beautiful. Maybe we need all twelve to remind us how diverse Shetland is.

  • Haydn Gear

    • December 1st, 2015 19:31

    The suggestion made by Kathy Greaves is a good one. When I lived and worked in West Yorkshire, The Huddersfield Daily Examiner (newspaper) held a similar competition but one picture was chosen for each month of the year. Would it not be possible for Shetland Times to do likewise? So many superb photographs and only one gets to be seen? Not very clever. What’s more, I imagine sales of calendars would increase substantially and people from far and wide who could be sent the calendars would probably be tempted to visit Shetland by seeing twelve rather than just one photograph.There could still be one chosen as the favourite so everybody wins !!

  • Dougie Goudie

    • December 2nd, 2015 9:31

    Cracking pic Steve..

  • Tracy Drakes

    • December 3rd, 2015 6:38

    I vote for Loch of Strom

  • Steven Birrell

    • December 3rd, 2015 9:21

    Many thanks to those who voted for my picture to appear on the calendar, and congratulations to colin. An excellent selection of pictures overall has given the public a hard decision and no doubt the correct one. I look forward to trying for it again next year :).


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