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Preparations for new Macduff Calendar under way

By Kyle Ritchie

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Plans for the popular Macduff Calendar have started with people able to submit their favourite images.

This will be the eighth edition of the calendar, which is organised by the Friends of Macduff Marine Aquarium (FOMMA) and the Friends of Tarlair.

Copies find their way all around the world including the USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand and all 700 of the 2022 edition sold out within a week of its publication.

Once again, photographers are invited to submit images for inclusion in this year's calendar.

These can be in either portrait or landscape format of local scenes, landscapes, wildlife, buildings, people and activities.

The 2022 edition of the Macduff calendar sold out within a week.
The 2022 edition of the Macduff calendar sold out within a week.

A spokesman for the calendar organisers said: "We would like these to reflect the seasons, the weather, day and night.

"The possibilities are endless – but they must visibly be of Macduff. Guidance for photographers can be obtained by FOMMA."

The organisers have also announced that there will be a children’s competition with winning entries displayed on the back cover of the calendar.

The spokesman added: “Last year’s competition was a great success and we have had a lot of positive comments regarding the inclusion of the artwork.

"We hope that there will be an even larger number of entries submitted for judging by our two guest judges, Billy and Jenny Ewen, making their job of choosing the prize-winning entries in each age group category – P1-P3; P4-P7 and Secondary – even more difficult.

“We will also include some small copies of submitted entries throughout the calendar as these were a very popular feature in this year’s edition.

"The theme of the competition is Macduff and has been left very broad – it can be a picture of buildings, boats, the harbour, wildlife, the river, the bridge, the coastline – the choice is yours.”

Entries which should be no more than A4 sized can be sent either by email to FOMMAquarium@gmail.com or left at the aquarium or at 45 Duff Street by the end of August.

Submissions should include the name of the artist, their age group and contact details on the back.

Photograph entries for the calendar can also be sent to the FOMMA email address.

The calendar will go on sale at the end of October and can be pre-ordered now by contacting FOMMA via its email; Facebook or by calling 01261 832849.

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