AREG’s new photography competition aims to shine a spotlight on the energy transition.

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We are seeking creative photography submissions that reflect the changing energy mix and environmental challenges that are impacting on our planet and communities.

COP26 will take place in Glasgow this year, where world leaders will meet to tackle climate change issues. Renewable Energy forms one of the key goals of COP26 – ‘securing global net zero by mid-century and keeping 1.5 degrees within reach by encouraging investment in renewables.’

Every single person is a consumer of energy in one form or another. People are increasingly thinking more deeply about where the power for their homes, businesses, vehicles, and public transport comes from. We want to showcase the progress being made to move to cleaner energy sources, and trigger debate on how energy use and consumption will change going forward.

Concern about climate change is growing, but at the same time, so is the demand for energy. What can we expect over the next 20 years as part of this transition from traditional oil and gas to offshore wind, hydrogen, solar, wave, tidal and new technologies?

Images can be landscapes, people, or conceptual abstract representations.

Categories Include:

  • Landscape – a view to inspire
  • Portrait – people making a difference
  • Under 16s – young people’s award
  • Action – energy in motion
  • Wildlife/nature – impacts on fauna or flora
  • Innovation – new technology or a new way of looking at the world

Prizes

Cash rewards of £75 will be awarded to 12 selected entries with a top prize of £250 for the front cover image.  Winners will also have their work displayed at an exhibition (further details to be confirmed) and the 2022 calendar will be sustainably printed and distributed to a wide network of stakeholders in Scotland.

Technical Specification

  • Maximum of 2 images per submission
  • Images should be no larger than 3mb in file size. (Original high-resolution file to be retained by photographer and available to be provided if submission is successful so that print quality can be achieved if required.)
  • Images to be supplied in landscape format – 300 dpi – minimum size 270 mm x 160 mm.
  • J-pegs to be renamed to entrant’s name and image number for example joannesmithimage1.jpg
  • Name, age, address, contact phone number and a short caption (no more than 200 words) on what influenced the image to be included in the email.
  • Competition is open to people living in Scotland
  • Entries to be emailed to art@aberdeenrenewables.com
  • Copyright will be retained by the photographer, but entry confirms permission for AREG to use the images as part of its calendar and in future marketing.

Timeline:

• Entries to be submitted by noon on Monday 11th October.
• Judging panel including AREG board members and professional associates to review with winners announced by Friday 22nd October.
• Calendar launched during COP26 – October 31st to 12th November, with virtual exhibition (prize giving promotions and photography around this time to be agreed)

The Judging Panel:

  • Jean Morrison, chair of AREG
  • David Rodger, CEO of AREG
  • Gayle Grant, director of BIG Partnership
  • Commercial photographer Derek Ironside, director of Newsline Media
  • Dr Fiona McIntyre, Founder and Managing Director of Greyhope Bay
  • Sponsor representatives from headline sponsor, Falck Renewables, Orsted and BlueFloat Energy consortium

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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.

All-Energy

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.

Vattenfall

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.

Scottish Enterprise