Pictures make Blue Room a work of art ...

Elaine  (left) and Kate outside Betty Nicols
Elaine (left) and Kate outside Betty Nicols

A new photographic competition is aiming to put Fifers in the frame, with the chance of taking part in a prestigious exhibition.

To launch the start of a new gallery space in Betty Nicols in the town centre, former art curator Katarzyna Jajcokz known locally as Kate, is starting up a monthly competition called ‘Photography Battle’ to find the best photographs on various themes, with the top snaps being displayed in the Blue Room at the popular pub.

The project has come about following the closure of the Cuppa Coffee House in the High Street which hosted the gallery ‘Part of Art’ for the past six months.

“With the coffee shop closing, we were looking for somewhere else to go, and Elaine Thomson, manageress at Betty Nicols approached me to say they would be interested in having it in their Blue Room,” she explained.

“It is a completely self contained space at the back of the pub which has lots of people visiting it, so it would be an ideal space to have it.”

The idea for the year long photography competition came about as Kate has witnessed first hand Fifers’ love of photography.

“A lot of the exhibitions I have hosted have been photographic and I know it is very popular through the work I have done with Kirkcaldy Photographic Society, so I thought it would be good to give people the chance to show off their talent in a monthly competition over the space of a year with each month on a different aspect of photography from portraits of people to nature to work, colours or whatever.”

The idea is that people email their photographs to Kate and a team of judges choose the best to go forward to a public vote with the best dozen or so being shown in a week long exhibition in the Blue Room which would be open to the public.

At the end of the year there will be a big exhibition of all the winning photos in a public gallery in Kirkcaldy, with another in Gliwice in Poland where Kate worked as the curator of a city gallery.

She is also in talks with a private gallery in Edinburgh and hopes to form links with the capital for more exhibition opportunities.

“I’m very excited about this competition and I hope the people of Kirkcaldy will be too,” said Kate.

“There are lots of talented photographers out there who may be reluctant to show their work, but a competition like this would be the ideal place. We want to show the public a selection of all the brilliant work that is out there.”

The first subject of the competition will be ‘Landscapes’ and photos should be emailed to: