ELCAP announces winners of “Our Community” photo competition

ELCAP has announced the winners of its 2020 Our Community photo competition.

Lorraine Birtley and Patsy Dugdale took first prize, with a photo of Patsy on a boat trip on the East coast.

Winner – Patsy Dugdale
(Photo by Lorraine Birtley)

Kate Patsy and Lorraine

Kate Flory, a member of the judging panel and ELCAP’s Executive Board said:

“The judges loved Lorraine and Patsy’s photo. We were looking for something that would capture the spirit of our community, a picture that would convey what’s on our doorstep. We wanted photos which captured the relationship between our Support Practitioners and the individuals they support, illustrating the extent to which they are active and valued members of our community. I have to say we were spoilt for choice! The four judges had to narrow down 72 entries to our six personal favourites and then collectively choose our top three.
We were unanimous about the wonderful photo that Lorraine took of Patsy. The iconic backdrop of grey jagged rocks, guillemots and gulls made us almost smell the sea. The photographers on our judging panel appreciated the expert composition, the clarity of the image and how the wonderful picture of Patsy in the foreground just welcomed you into the scene. The photo made us smile, seeing Patsy looking happy to be out on a day trip – something I am sure she is missing at the moment.
Lorraine mentioned that she often takes dozens of photos to find that perfect one, and she certainly did with this wonderful picture of Patsy. “

Reflecting on her competition success, Lorraine, who been a Support Practitioner with ELCAP since 2009, said:

“Patsy loves to get out and about doing various activities.  I always take photos when we are out as a reminder of the day and to give copies to her friends and family.  I think my photo captures how much Patsy was enjoying her day out.”

Allan Sinclair and Evelyn Stevenson were runners-up in the competition.  Sadly, Allan passed away on Hogmanay 2020, after a short illness.  You can read ELCAP’s memories of Allan here.

Runner-up – Allan Sinclair
(Photo by Evelyn Stevenson)

Evelyn Stevenson and Allan Sinclair (Dec 2020)

Evelyn’s photo features a collage of images of Allan enjoying a game of pitch and putt at Musselburgh Links.

Evelyn, who supported Allan for over 10 years, said:

“I’m glad I got to see Allan the week before he passed away, when I presented him with his prize. I never expected it to be the last time I ever saw him.
Allan brought a little bit of sunshine to everyone he met.”

Lynn Archibald and Sylvie Cowie took third place. Sylvie’s photo features Lynn volunteering as a litter picker for Friends of the River Tyne.

Third prize – Lynn Archibald
(Photo by Sylvie Cowie)

Lynn Archibald and Sylvie Cowie (December 2020)

Sylvie, who joined ELCAP in 2010, said:

“Lynn and I were over the moon to receive a prize!”

ELCAP Chief Executive, Paul White, said:

“Kate Flory from our Board noticed that our friends at Carers of East Lothian were running a photo competition and suggested that we might try something similar.
Our vision is that everyone, no matter what their individual support needs, is able to live to their full potential and be an active and valued member of our community. We decided that our competition should reflect this vision and we were really pleased to receive so many high quality entries.
Luckily, we had an experienced judging panel who were charged with choosing their favourite photos from a range of great images. As well as Kate, we benefitted from the expertise of Graham Martin, Editor of News Services at Third Force News, Linda Mitchell, Head of Delivery at the Scottish Commission for People with Learning Disabilities and Robbie Scott, Editor of East Lothian Courier.”

Commenting on his experience as a member of the judging panel, Courier Editor Scott said:

“I sincerely enjoyed going through the photos. I stuck to the brief of picking images which show the strength of spirit in our community but also ones which made me smile and exuded warmth and personality.”

ELCAP provided East Lothian Gift Cards as prizes, with £100.00 each for the winners, £50.00 each for the runners-up and £25.00 each for third place. White said:

“As the theme for the competition was Our Community, we were pleased to provide prizes which would be well received by our winners while supporting businesses in the towns and villages where we work. The gift card is redeemable in over 130 local businesses across the county.”

In addition to the three winners, the quality of entries meant that two photos were highly commended.

ELCAP plans to make its photo competition an annual event.