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Macduff calendar organisers want messages of hope and community

By Kyle Ritchie

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Organisers of the popular Macduff calendar have launched this year's call for photographs with a new category introduced to reflect the difficult times.

The special theme for the 2021 version is "hope and community" which intends to recognise the immense contribution made by so many during the coronavirus outbreak.

The calendar is spearheaded by Friends of Macduff Marine Aquarium (FOMMA) and the Friends of Tarlair groups.

The Macduff calendar sells hundreds of copies around the world each year.
The Macduff calendar sells hundreds of copies around the world each year.

Ian Williams from the group said: "In these difficult times, we hope everyone is taking care and staying safe.

"We are very fortunate to be living within such a close community and our thanks go out to everyone who is caring, supporting, and delivering key services.

"We are looking ahead to some kind of normality returning and would remind our local photographers to submit their images for inclusion in next year's calendar, perhaps taken when out for a socially distant walk or from their back catalogues.

"The main theme for the calendar is Macduff and its environs.

"We would like to thank those local businesses who have already confirmed their support for the calendar and look forward to hearing from others once things settle down.

"We also intend to recognise the immense contribution made by so many during this time and there will be a special category on the theme of hope and community, which will feature on the back cover of the calendar.

"This will be judged separately from the main calendar by a panel made up of some of our own local heroes.

"We would like to extend the opportunity to as many folk as possible so entries can be in the form of a photograph, drawing, poem, painting, collage or other media. It is one entry per person.

"These should be no larger than A4 in size, marked for hope and community category and submitted preferably electronically, or if not possible can be left at 45 Duff Street, Macduff."

For guidance notes for photographers and to submit entries email FOMMAquarium@gmail.com

Several hundreds of copies of the calendar are sold locally from the end of October and are sent to all corners of the globe.

Mr Williams added: "It is a great opportunity to get your hope and community message out to all for 2021."

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