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Trio of photo awards for Annanhill, Gargieston and Hillhead pupils

Their achievement is all the more remarkable as the Trust received over 350 entries from primary schools across Scotland in the annual event.

Robyn Neil (Annanhill Primary) Laura Mitchell (Gargieston Primary and Brooke McDonald (Hillhead Primary) were recognised by judges for their exceptional images, and only narrowly missed out on the overall top prize.

Never too Old to Have Fun
Never too Old to Have Fun

Robyn finished as national runner-up for her colourful image titles ‘Follow the Rainbow Road’.

She said: “I never imagined I’d be the runner-up in this project which was fun and helped me learn more about Kilmarnock. I’m really delighted!”

Laura and Brooke both received commended accolades for their photographs, ‘Caprington in the Mist’ and ‘Right on Time’ respectively.

Laura said: “I enjoyed exploring Kilmarnock and taking photos of historic buildings and being a prize winner.”

Brooke added: “It was really good fun to take part in the competition and it’s great to have my picture commended.”

The ‘My Place’ Photography Competition is a Scotland-wide heritage photographic project for schools. It encourages children to look at their heritage in the places they live and, through photography, develop an understanding of the things around them.

The pupils developed this theme exploring various areas of Kilmarnock Town Trail to capture their images and were encouraged to produce quirky and imaginative shots, especially from forgotten areas of the town, developing a greater sense and appreciation of place.

Councillor Fiona Campbell, Cabinet Member for Skills and Learning said: “What a fantastic achievement for Robyn, Laura and Brooke.

“They clearly have a clever eye for composition and colour and I’m not surprised their wonderful, artistic images caught the judges’ attention, standing out from a huge number of entries.

“Well done!”

The Scottish Civic Trust will exhibit all competition entries from Tuesday 20 March until Sunday 15 April 2018 at the Lighthouse Building, Glasgow.

In addition, a selected number of pupils’ photos will be also be on display at the Young People’s Gallery at the Dick Institute from Friday 20 April to Saturday 9 June 2018.