Declan’s photo recognised

Declan Sutherland, whose award-winning picture made it onto the Focus Environment Calendar.
Declan Sutherland, whose award-winning picture made it onto the Focus Environment Calendar.

A Fraserburgh Academy pupil has had his prize-winning photograph featured on the cover of this year’s Focus Environment Calender.

Third year pupil Declan Sutherland’s photograph of Fraserburgh Lifeboat, which won a top prize last year, has appeared on the September page of this year’s Focus Environment Calendar.

Declan won a top prize in Focus Environment Scotland’s Natural Environment Photographic Competition for Secondary Schools with his atmospheric photograph of Fraserburgh Lifeboat leaving its berth on a drizzly September evening.

The photo, which shows the lifeboat dwarfed by a much larger fishing vessel and its lights reflecting on the water, attracted the attention of the judges who awarded it second prize in the 11-14 My Environment category.

Declan’s family have a strong connection with Fraserburgh Lifeboat. Declan’s father David and uncle Vic are 2nd coxswain and coxswain respectively. Declan’s grandfather Victor Snr and his brother Albert were also 2nd coxswain and coxswain respectively.

Declan’s dad was the duty coxsain last year when the Fraserburgh Lifeboat picked up a kite surfer in difficulty and recorded the 140,000th life saved by the RNLI since records began.

On the night that Declan took the photo his dad’s cousin Billy Duthie was the coxswain.

Focus Environment is an environmental photographic competition for secondary school pupils throughout Scotland. The competition encourages young people between the ages of 11-18 to demonstrate their awareness of the natural world around them.

There are three subject categories: My Environment, Wildlife and Habitats, and Nature’s Moods.

Focus Environment is a partnership between Chevron, the Scottish Wildlife Trust and TCV Scotland, bringing together business and conservation in an event that promotes environment, education and the arts.

All the prize winning photographs can be seen on the Focus environment website www.focusenvironment.com