Saltire snappers produce haunting images

A competition to photograph a Saltire in the sky has produced over 200 entries with stunning images of clouds and vapour trails snapped across Scotland.'Pictured here is the winning entry of the East Lothian section ' taken by Victor Beaumont of Monk's Muir taken looking toward the village of Athelstaneford, birthplace of the Saltire.

A competition to photograph a Saltire in the sky has produced over 200 entries with stunning images of clouds and vapour trails snapped across Scotland.'Pictured here is the winning entry of the East Lothian section ' taken by Victor Beaumont of Monk's Muir taken looking toward the village of Athelstaneford, birthplace of the Saltire.

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A competition to photograph a Saltire in the sky has produced over 200 entries with stunning images of clouds and vapour trails snapped across Scotland.

The judging panel said picking winners was a tough call with scores of haunting images of Scotland’s iconic symbol photographed by amateurs.

The winning picture will be unveiled when a library display of images opens in late February. Prize money totalling £500 was on offer.

Pictured here is the winning entry of the East Lothian section – taken by Victor Beaumont of Monk’s Muir taken looking toward the village of Athelstaneford, birthplace of the Saltire.

The competition was run by the Scottish Flag Trust a charity set up to promote the history of the Saltire.

Tradition has it that Scotland’s national flag – the St Andrew’s Cross or Saltire – was adopted following a battle fought in 832AD near Athelstaneford in which a white cross appeared against a blue sky above the fighting and inspired the Scots to victory.

Trust Chairman Dave Williamson said: “The Competition challenged photographers to bring forward the 9th century origins of Scotland’s flag into a 21st century context by capturing a dramatic modern-day image of a Saltire, whether formed by plane vapour trails or clouds, appearing in our skies.

“The Trust was thrilled that photographers responded so enthusiastically, and a total of 231 entries from all parts of Scotland were submitted by the closing date of St Andrew’s Day.”

The judging was carried out by East Lothian Provost Sheena Richardson, Athelstaneford Minister Joanne Evans-Boiten and distinguished Scottish press photographer Ian Torrance MBE.

The overall winner, who will receive £250, was James Gordon of Galashiels for his atmospheric photograph of a Saltire over Loch Moidart in Ardnamurchan.

The winner of the East Lothian Section was Victor Beaumont.

The winner of the Rest of Scotland Section was Bill McKenzie of Sauchie for his image of a Saltire over Crail Harbour.

The winner of the Under 16 Section was Anna Devine (15) of Longniddry for her photograph of a Saltire over Prestonpans.