AREG NEWS: AREG photography competition winners show renewable energy through a focused lens

December 14, 2023
AREG NEWS: AREG photography competition winners show renewable energy through a focused lens

Aberdeen Renewable Energy Group (AREG), the original energy transition organisation, has announced the winners of its 2024 ‘Art of Renewable Energy’ photography competition.

The 14 winning images, which feature in AREG’s 2024 calendar, show renewable energy integrated within the community and across the Scottish landscape, from hydrogen buses on Union Street to electric bikes outside St Machar Cathedral and solar panels nestled in Aberdeenshire’s rural areas to offshore and onshore wind turbines.

Euan Fraser, a keen amateur photographer and member of the Bon Accord Camera Club, whose images feature on the calendar front cover and the months of August and December said:

“I was delighted to have my images selected for inclusion in AREG’s 2024 calendar. In setting out to photograph my competition entries I decided to stay local to Aberdeen so that I could truly capture the green technologies that we walk past every day, including the sights of turbines rising above buildings through the North Sea haar and hydrogen buses travelling across the city.”

All twelve winners received £75, in addition to their image being featured in the calendar and displayed at Aberdeen Science Centre for the coming year.

The competition, sponsored by the BlueFloat Energy | Renantis Partnership’s Broadshore and Bellrock floating offshore wind projects, invited photographers to submit pictures that showed renewable energy in action and were reflective of the changing energy mix within our communities and landscape.

David Robertson, portfolio director, Scotland at the BlueFloat Energy | Renantis Partnership said:

“We were impressed by the number of quality entries from all age groups. The images capture the essence of the energy transition in action and show how things are changing in our communities, landscapes, and seascapes.
“The calendar images tell a story about our journey to a greener future, and it will be interesting to look back at these over time as the technology and structures evolve.

“Our partnership aims to contribute to a leading offshore wind industry in the UK and we hope the calendar images capture the imagination of future generations by demonstrating how offshore wind, and other renewable sources, are delivering home-grown clean energy.”

The competition winners were announced during a lunch event at Aberdeen Art Gallery where they were presented with a framed version of their original image.

The calendar launch took place a month after AREG announced its move to new premises within the Energy Transition Zone (ETZ) and welcomed four new staff members to support an increasing demand for its membership services.
Shona Teale, AREG operations manager, said: “We would like to congratulate our 12 winners and thank everyone who took the time to submit a photograph for our annual calendar competition and those who joined us to celebrate at the calendar launch event.

“I am looking forward to growing the support we provide for our 280 + members and helping them meet the challenges ahead, continuing to build momentum around renewable development and raising the profile of the energy transition in Scotland and beyond.”

AREG’s mission is to help its members take advantage of increasing opportunities in renewables and to champion the sector, helping build Scotland’s reputation for excellence in energy.

(Photo credit to Cameron Kane)

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AREG is the original energy transition organisation, working on behalf of members to empower the energy supply chain and champion its expertise. Please get in touch if you have any questions or would like to find out more about membership.

AREG has played an important role in the growth of Scotland’s renewable energy sector, engaging the supply chain and developing the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre. However, we are only at the very beginning of the transition that AREG was established to both lead and support so there are still opportunities for companies to get into the constantly evolving renewables supply chain. We look forward to continuing our work together as renewables builds on its place as Scotland’s main source of power, and as we seek to deliver real change in the crucial areas of heat and transport.

Scottish Renewables

Aberdeen & Grampian Chamber of Commerce has worked closely with AREG since its formation. The recent progress in the developments of offshore wind projects by Equinor and Vattenfall are as a result of the work of the group over many years. The north-east is known as the oil and gas capital of Europe. At the Chamber, we believe the region must evolve its position to being recognised as the energy capital. Whilst hydrocarbons will continue to be essential in driving our economy for years to come, the generation of renewable resources will play an increasingly important role in providing cost-effective power, innovative development and economic growth.

Aberdeen & Grampian Chamber of Commerce

The enthusiasm and dedication of the early group that would become AREG was fundamental in us choosing to launch All-Energy in Aberdeen. The first tiny show was held in 2001, and AREG’s Chairman at the time, Jeremy Cresswell, played such an active role that I often describe him in terms such as All-Energy’s ‘midwife’. All-Energy is now the UK’s largest renewable and low carbon energy exhibition and conference in terms of number of attendees, space booked, and number of exhibiting companies. As AREG became firmly established, their presence and support for the event grew spectacularly over the years. We thank them most sincerely for their invaluable input.


Vattenfall has forged a strong working relationship with AREG through the development of the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre. AREG has worked tirelessly on behalf of the North East and it can take enormous credit for the growth of sustainable energy in the region and the path it has cleared for the region to capture further investment.


Aberdeen City and Shire is emerging as a key location for renewables by successfully transferring its world-class oil and gas expertise into the sector and AREG has done much to advance this through a broad range of initiatives. It has acted as a catalyst in driving further investment in the local economy by engaging with companies, Government, public bodies and existing projects and we have been pleased to support their efforts. Scottish Enterprise will continue to engage with AREG as we increase Scotland’s use of renewable energy.

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