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Dornoch in Winter Photographic Competition

We had over 200 entries to our #DornochInWinter photography competition and after shortlisting 20 images a panel of judges chose our winners which we were so excited to announce today. 

An energetic photo of a beloved pet has captured the hearts of judges in a photo competition to showcase the spirit of the Highland town of Dornoch. Inverness’ Julie Everett has been named the winner by a panel of judges from Visit Dornoch and VisitScotland, with an image of her dog, Fern, on Dornoch beach.

Chris Taylor, Regional Partnerships Director at VisitScotland, added: “Julie’s photo really tells a story. It speaks of refreshing walks on the beach, discovering nature, enjoying the beautiful weather – and there’s a real sense of energy to it. It perfectly encapsulates everything that springs to mind when I think of Dornoch.”

Julie and her prize-winning pooch have won a £200 voucher for popular Highland photography retailers, Ffordes Photographic. Two runners-up have also been awarded a £75 voucher each for the retailer of their choice.

Dean Ross’ stunning technical aerial shot of Dornoch beach was described by judges as being “thought provoking and intriguing, making you think about Dornoch in a different way”, while Hannah Robson’s cosy, autumnal image of Dornoch town centre was hailed as “perfectly capturing the heart of Dornoch and showcasing what the town is known for.”

Attracting entries from across the UK, Joan Bishop (Visit Dornoch) said the competition had shown just how dearly people hold Dornoch: “The standard of the photos submitted to the competition was, quite frankly, staggering and it was incredibly difficult to narrow down our shortlist- never mind choose the winner. The breadth of people’s experiences in Dornoch, and how much they have clearly enjoyed their time here, is really wonderful. Dornoch is a year-round destination – you’re as likely to get a beautiful day in November and December as you are in May – so to see so many beautiful photos of the area has been really special. It certainly reminded us how lucky we are to be able to call this area home.”

Mr Taylor said: “Dornoch and the surrounding area boasts so many treasures for visitors to discover – from incredible natural and historic sites to fantastic whisky distilleries, world-class accommodation to must-visit eateries.

“Looking through the entries was a real joy. Although it was a difficult decision, it provided a perfect snapshot of Dornoch, its stunning scenery, and the residents and visitors that make it the great destination that it is.”