A competition to photograph the world-famous Forth Bridge threw up some fantastic images of the iconic structure.
The competition run in support of the Bridge’s World Heritage nomination, saw over 250 entries with the winner being Edinburgh’s Grant Ritchie with Billy Steven from Bathgate as runner-up. Both will receive a VIP visit to the bridge and a copy of the book ‘Forth Bridge: Restoring an Icon’.
Grant’s entry won the contemporary category with his night-time image of the Forth Bridge taken earlier this year from the west platform at Dalmeny Station. And in the historical category, Billy’s picture from 1948 captures the golden age of steam showing a locomotive at close range passing across the Bridge. The image was taken by Billy when he was just 16 and one of a group of Scouts given permission to walk across the Bridge following an International Jamboree at Blair Atholl.
Announcing the winners, Transport Minister Keith Brown said: “The two winning photographs are quite spectacular. They capture the Forth Bridge’s past and present and demonstrate the place this iconic structure has had in our hearts over the decades.”
Grant Ritchie of Edinburgh, said: “I’m over the moon that my image has won out of so many other entries. Capturing the Forth Bridge is always a pleasure and something I have done on countless occasions, always trying to get a unique view which highlights this iconic structure which I think this photo does. The fact that my image will now be used in the bid to secure World Heritage status gives me an enormous sense of pride and achievement. I hope it catches UNESCO’s eye.”
Historical category winner, Billy Steven said: “For me the Forth Bridge is a real symbol of our industrial and transport heritage. I took the winning image when I was 16 during a very rare chance to walk along the Bridge after our Scout Jamboree. Luckily I’d taken along my father’s pocket camera and I managed to get a close up of the steam train crossing the Bridge. The photo still brings back many fond memories of that time and I am delighted it has won the competition, especially as my prize of a VIP tour will allow me to get back onto the Bridge and see it up close again.”
All winning and commended images are displayed on www.forthbridgeworldheritage.com