This striking image of the sun rising over Bressay has been chosen by readers to appear on the 2017 Shetland Times calendar.
The image, titled ‘Sunrise in Lerwick Harbour’, was taken by Scott Goudie and won the competition with some 307 votes – nearly a quarter of all votes cast.
In the foreground Scott’s picture shows the pebbly beach below Da Knowe, Twageos Road. This is partnered with an atmospheric spring morning sky, a flat calm sea and the dramatic image of the sun peaking over the isle of Bressay.
These elements all added up to a winning combination for Scott whose picture dominated the online poll and is now likely to be pinned to walls across the isles.
‘Sunrise in Lerwick Harbour’ picked up nearly twice as many votes as its closest rivals.
Two images tied for second place, receiving 161 votes each. They were ‘Peerie Spiggie Sheep’ by Steven Birrell and ‘Storm Gertrude in Scalloway’ by Richard Ashbee.
Third was Louise Polson’s ‘Sunset at Symbister Harbour’ with 128 votes. A total of 1,318 votes were cast.
Steven finished in second place for the second year running, while Scott jumped from third place last year to win in this year’s competition.
Speaking after the results were in Scott said that he was “pretty amazed to win by so many votes”.
He cited the strength of this year’s competition and said that he was particularly fond of Steven’s shot which he described as a “cracker.”
Scott said that he had “been thinking of getting a photo of that area by Dennis Coutts’ house for a while.”
The picture was taken on a “rare morning” at around 6.30am. It was described by Scott as “one of [his] favourites.”
Scott has been dabbling in photography for a few years and what started as a hobby has now become a part time job, with Scott now doing occasional weddings and press work.
The free calendar featuring Scott’s picture will come included in a festive edition of The Shetland Times.