Discovering Fife calendar to be launched

Which pictures will be in our 2015 calendar?
Which pictures will be in our 2015 calendar?

Months ago when the Fife Free Press Group competition to find photos for our 2015 Discovering Fife calendar began we were overwhelmed by the number of spectacular submissions.

Hundreds of amazing images of Fife flooded our email inboxes as enthusiastic photographers shared their snaps with us.

Readers of the East Fife Mail, Glenrothes Gazette, Fife Free Press, Fife Herald and St Andrews Citizen then voted for their favourites, enabling us to find the final 13 photos.

While it’s still staying under wraps until our official launch night at the Dreel Halls, Anstruther, on Friday, August 1, we can reveal that the calendar is a great representation of the fantastic scenery in Fife and the wealth of talent able to capture these stunning images.

The winners are: Eric Scotland, Derek Young, Bob Legg, Sally Newman-Carter, Abbey Turpie, Judy Dean, Lorraine Paterson, Colin Nicol, Martin Campbell, Melanie Arthur, Morris Wilson and Kim Bennett.

One winner will also have one of their photos featured on the front cover - but until August 1 the identity of that photographer and their photo will remain secret.

Congratulating the winners on their achievement, the Fife Free Press Group’s north east Fife editor Jerzy Morkis said the quality of the entries was phenomenal.

“We have been delighted with the response and thanks are due to everyone who has taken part. The quality of entries was so high we are very glad that our readers had to decide on the final 13 and not us!”

Also thanking everyone who has supported the calendar project, Jerzy added: “The calendar will be launched at the newly refurbished Dreel Halls where, thanks to professional Levenmouth-based photographer Mark Rodgers, all of our winners will have the chance to see their work framed. The venue is very historic and a great reflection of what can be achieved when a community gets together. The East Neuk has inspired many photographers and we hope our guests will enjoy their trip to Anstruther for the event next week.

“We are very grateful to Luvians bottleshop in Cupar for showing true community spirit and enabling us to give our guests a warm welcome by supplying sparkling wine for the reception. Their support is a great example of a Fife businesses getting behind an event for the greater good of the community.

“After the launch night the photos will be on display for the public to visit for a week before they are moved to the Adam Smith Theatre in Kirkcaldy where, thanks to Fife Cultural Trust, they will be on display in the cafe area for a futher week. We really hope our readers will go along and see the display of stunning photographs.”

Elizabeth Gordon, president of Anstruther Improvements Association, said: “Anstruther Improvements Association is delighted that the Fife Free Press Group has chosen Dreel Halls as the venue to launch the Discovering Fife Exhibition. The Halls reopened at the beginning of the year after their external renovation and we are pleased to have the opportunity to save this historic building and give it new life as a versatile community resource. The exhibition is a wonderful showcase of photographic talent throughout the region and Fife’s enduring appeal. We look forward to welcoming visitors to see the exhibition and to Dreel Halls.”

Commenting on his support for the event, Vince Fusaro of Luvians, said: “I’m a firm believer in community spirit and am happy to support events which recognise, promote and bring people into Fife.”

The launch of the 2015 calendar would not have been possible without the kind support of three groups who all strive to promote Fife.

Anstruther Improvements Association (AIA) is kindly providing use of the recently renovated Dreel Halls for the event on August 1.

The Dreel Halls is the new name for the listed building complex formerly known as the Anstruther Wester Town Hall, the Hew Scott Hall and the St Nicholas Tower. Until 2013 they were owned by Fife Council through the Common Good Fund and the Church of Scotland. They were operated in two separate parts by the local church and the Anstruther Improvements Association.

Thanks are also due to Fife Cultural Trust which will also be hosting a week-long exhibition of the framed prints at the Adam Smith cafe from Monday, August 11.

Fife photographer Mark Rodgers has been extremely supportive by framing the winning pictures.

We are also extremely grateful to Luvians Bottleshop in Cupar for giving the reception for winners some added sparkle by sponsoring the drinks.