Charlotte’s folio is picture perfect!

Charlotte Cairney (centre) came third in the national final of the Rotary Young Photographer of the Year competition. Presenting her with her certificate is president-elect David Miller, Arbroath Rotary Club (left) and Wilson Robson, competition organiser for Arbroath Rotary Club.
Charlotte Cairney (centre) came third in the national final of the Rotary Young Photographer of the Year competition. Presenting her with her certificate is president-elect David Miller, Arbroath Rotary Club (left) and Wilson Robson, competition organiser for Arbroath Rotary Club.

A young photographer has become the first person from Arbroath to secure a prize winning place in a national Rotary competition.

Charlotte Cairney (18) was presented on Friday with her certificate for finishing in third place in the UK in the Rotary Club of Britain and Ireland’s Young Photographer of the Year competition.

Her folio of stunning nighttime shots of Perth wowed judges first in Arbroath, then at a District level, where she competed against the entries from more than 80 clubs, and ultimately, in the final netted her a very impressive third place.

Charlotte said: “This has been overwhelming, marvellous really. I didn’t expect to get this far when I submitted my pictures, but at the time I thought ‘you’ve got to be in it to win it’!

“I would really like to keep up my photography in the future.”

President of the Rotary Club of Arbroath, David Miller, presented the award to Charlotte. He said: “I would say this is an outstanding achievement. Not only to win the club competition, but the District and then to go onto the national final and win a place in that, given the number of entrants, is a great achievement for Charlotte, for our club, and also for Wilson Robson, who has run the club’s photography competition for the last few years.

“There have been other Arbroath photographers that have got to the final, but we have never been placed before.

“I think Rotary encourages young people as well, not only with the Young Photographer, but also Young Musician, Young Chef and Young Speaker. There are lots of areas that youngsters can get involved in.”