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The Scottish Fisheries Museum invited all children in Fife aged 3 - 14 to take part in its annual Art Competition!

The theme of this year’s competition was Through the Lens, inspired by our ongoing FishNet project to digitise our photographic collection. This year’s competition was generously sponsored by Caroline Trotter Photography and the Scottish Seabird Centre.

The collection tells a rich history of the fishing communities of Fife from the 19th Century to the present. A display of historic photographs from the collection was curated and designed by our Digitisation Project Officer, highlighting how the landscape of Anstruther has changed over time. This exhibition, Snapshots of Memory, was on display in the Merchant’s Room of our WAVES Café in April.

fishing crew hauling a catch on board a boat
collage of archive photos. clockwise: fishermen with nets, herring lasses working over barrels, fishboxes, lobster creels, boats in the harbour, fisherlasses
small fishing boat on the shore with sea in the background

We were inundated with entries from school pupils from all over Fife, and were impressed by everyone’s creativity and interpretations of the theme. After a long and difficult deliberation by the judging panel, which included local artist Iain Green, we finally decided on this year’s winners, which you can find below!

Entries were judged based on their artistry and how well their artwork complimented the competition’s theme. An overall 1st, 2nd, and 3rd prize were awarded, as well as a Highly Commended prize for each age group.

1st Overall

1st Prize: Innes (Kirkton of Largo Primary School)

2nd Overall

2nd Prize: Katrina (Newport Primary School)

3rd Overall

3rd Prize: Hallie (Lochgelly High School)

Highly Commended A B

Highly Commended: Pupils of St Monans Nursery - Category A, Willow (Newport Primary School) - Category B

Highly Commended C E

Highly Commended: Lucas (Kirkton of Largo Primary School) - Category C, Jeck (St Monans Primary School) - Category D, Sofia (Auchmuty High School) - Category E

The winners will be awarded their prizes at the annual Fisherlass and Lad ceremony, which will take place on the 4th of June as part of this year’s Anstruther Harbour Festival. The winners’ artworks along with other selected entries will be on display in the Merchant’s Room of the WAVES Café throughout the month of June.

Congratulations to the winners, and thank you to everyone who entered this year’s competition!

If you have any questions about the upcoming ceremony or exhibition, please contact the museum’s Learning and Engagement Officer on 01333 310628 or by email at
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