Gazette and Photography Expo 2013 Slideshow 2

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A BIG thank you to our army of readers – I was bowled over with the number of entries in the people and nature/wildlife categories!

It was a tough choice – especially in the latter category – as the standards were so high.

Thin Ice...by David Spinks was a stunning shot which very nearly made it into the running

Thin Ice...by David Spinks was a stunning shot which very nearly made it into the running

But I’m delighted to be able to bring you the six pictures which will go through to the finals at the 2013 Lanarkshire Art and Photography EXPO.

In the people category the winners were: Time Out by Bobby Gavin, John by Bobby Gavin and Douglas Gala Day by Clark Thomson.

And in the nature/wildlife category the winners were: Plant by Stuart Delaney, Ginger Bee by Stuart Delaney and Cub Scout by Ruth Nelson.

The runners-up in the people category were: Can You Hear Me by Bobby Gavin, On Her Trike by Clark Thomson and Jock by Norma Love. And the runners-up in the nature/wildlife category were: Cold Shoulder by Donald Thompson, Sitting Pretty by Donald Thompson and Peacock Butterfly by Amy Ryder.

The category winners will now fight it out with the landscape category finalists at the EXPO for the overall first, second and third place.

Which brings me on nicely to the remainder of the contest. The next categories are events and architecture, with a closing date of Wednesday, September 25.

You must be 14 years of age or older to enter and an amateur photographer. All pictures MUST have been taken in South Lanarkshire.

Please submit pictures at 300dpi, with your name and address and stating where and when you took them to Julie Currie, Editor, 3 High Street, Carluke, ML8 4AL or email pictures, 1mb in size, to jcurrie@jpress.co.uk

Pictures will be reproduced in our paper and website so MUST be your copyright.

The winners and runners up in events and architecture will be featured in the paper on October 2 – just a few days before the EXPO!

All of the winning entries will be featured at the 2013 Lanarkshire Art and Photography EXPO, where the overall winners will also be revealed.

The event will be held at Lanark Agricultural Centre on Sunday, October 6, from 10am to 4pm.

We teamed up with its organiser John Zawadzki, from Clydesdale Camera Club, to launch the photography contest and, if these pictures are anything to go by, there’s a lot of good snappers out there.

But there’s still plenty of time to stake your claim as the best local amateur...just impress the judges.

Thanks to judges John, fellow Clydesdale Camera Club member Gavin Forrest and Gazette photographer Lindsay Addison for allowing me to have a (wee) bit of a say!

* The EXPO is being supported by ALL 12 of Lanarkshire’s photography clubs as well as a host of local art clubs and artists.

Lanark Grammar School’s photography and art groups are also delighted to be taking part in this year’s event.