Your images of Stonehaven and The Mearns are wanted!

The Mearns Camera Club who meet every week in the Stonehaven Community Centre, will have been in existence for 50 years on the 18th of October 2021. To highlight this they have organised a photographic competition as part of their season’s celebrations.

Photography has changed massively in the past 50 years and this competition will reflect these changes as it is a digital only competition.

In conjunction with The Bellman they will run seven monthly competitions: four are open (ie any subject) and there are three named competitions – Doors, Movement and The Woods. When you when you are out and about with your camera or mobile phone, keep these themes in mind.

All are welcome to enter. There are two age groups – under 18 and 18+. Please check the rules below for more information.

The competition starts in September with an open one, so the Club looks forward to an exciting array of shots of Stonehaven and the Mearns. Please enter by emailing your image to

‘The Woods’

Competitions –

1. September – subject Open (any subject).

2. October – subject ‘Doors’.

3. November – subject Open (any subject).

4. December – subject ‘ Movement’.

5. January – subject Open (any subject).

6. February – subject ‘The Woods’.

7. March – subject Open (any subject).

‘Door Detail’
‘Misty Cheyne’

Mearns Camera Club 50th Anniversary Photo Competition rules

  1. The competition is open to anyone living within the area defined by the rivers Dee (to the north) and North Esk (to the south) and the B974 road (to the west). Any professional photographer, members of the Mearns Camera Club and any one associated with The Bellman are not eligible. There will be a junior section for for those aged under 18 and a senior section for those 18+
  2. The competition runs for 7 months, starting 1st September 2021 and ending 31st March 2022. There will be 4 Open competitions where any image can be submitted and 3 Named competitions where specific images should be submitted.
  3. Each month a person can enter up to 3 digital images of their own creation. No prints will be accepted. Each image must have the individuals name and contact details attached. The images must be jpeg and no larger than 2MB. The images submitted will be judged by the Mearns Camera Club and the results published in the Bellman the following month. A selection of the submitted images will also be in The Bellman. It will be assumed that the photographer will have sought and received any permissions required to allow their photo to be used in the competition.
  4. The images submitted will have been taken in the current year(s) (2021/22) and taken within the area defined in rule 1 – ‘the area defined by the rivers Dee (to the north) and North Esk (to the south) and the B974 road (to the west)’.
  5. The Mearns Camera Club and The Bellman reserve the right to use any image for their promotional purposes. Credit will be given to the author. Copyright remains with the photographer.
  6. Each month a prize of a years subscription to the Mearns Camera Club will be awarded to the persons selected as the winner in each group. No other prize option will be available.
  7. Entries for each month can be submitted that month but not earlier. Entries should be sent to