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Wild Goose Festival 2021 Photo Competition

Each autumn, tens of thousands of wild geese arrive in Dumfries & Galloway after their long migration, some travelling over 2,700km to reach the region. This mass gathering of geese, including barnacle, greylag, brent and Greenland white-fronted geese, flock to Dumfries & Galloway each year, making our region one of the best places in the UK to see such a variety of geese.

As part of the 2021 Wild Goose Festival, we want to celebrate the beauty and wonder of our visiting geese, as well as the vast photographic talent found in our region. This competition is open to professional and amateur photographers from or based in Dumfries and Galloway. 

To enter the competition, please send us:

Your chosen photograph (any nature/environmental themed photo taken in Dumfries and Galloway);

Your name; 

Your email (so we can get back to you);

Your age;

Where the photo was taken;

And one or two sentences about your image.

Please enter the competition using this Google Form, where you will be asked for the above information: Link to enter here.

The deadline to enter is midnight on 11th October 2021. The top 10 finalists’ photographs will be displayed at the Wild Goose Festival Closing Gala on the 23rd October 2021, where a winner will be announced.

Winning prize to be announced.

The festival is part of the Scottish International Storytelling Festival 2021 and is supported by Dumfries & Galloway Council and TRACS – Traditional Arts and Culture Scotland.

Learn more about Wild Goose Festival here.

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Speeding Backwards: Kyna Hodges

by Kyna Hodges

As part of the ‘Speeding Backwards’ project there was to be a woman’s build weekend. The weekend was to help plan and construct a bicycle trailer that will house a dark room and equipment for taking photographs using the wet plate collodion process (you can learn more about this here) The build up to the weekend was nerve racking, still the questions of ‘Can we? Can’t we?’ floating aground with the restrictions seeming to change daily.

But the day finally arrived, food planned and workshop laid out! On the first day Emily Tough, Beck Tucker and Myself all got to know each other and then went into the workshop to get to know the tools. One of the most empowering things as a woman learning construction can be understanding the use of tools and what they can do. It gives you an idea of what is possible and how. We applied the tools to the task of creating a box that we designed and began to execute. I took portraits of the interns using the wet plate collodian process that the trailer is destined to house.  

 On the second day our female builder Alice Francis arrived and we set to work looking at how to construct the trailer, it was so inspiring being around all these different creative and problem solving minds. When having meals together it helped to cement us as a group and come at a problem with the same energy. After lunch we set about looking into the interns individual projects that they had been asked to prepare. The weekend ended on a high of everyone getting a start and insight into their own projects and the mass giveaway of tools!  

The next phases of the project are to complete the build and begin to contact primary schools about seeing them in the spring. This is when the other intern Faye McKellar will be joining to deliver educational workshops and create a slow moving wonderment down the coastline of Dumfries and Galloway. 

To learn more about Kyna Hodges’ practice, you can email her at kynahodges@hotmail.co.uk or visit her website https://kyna-hodges.com

Exhibition: After It’s Gone

The Stove Cafe
7-14 October

Photography exhibition showing an ongoing body of work by Stove members Dr Saskia Coulson & Colin Tennant, exploring the landscape, ecology and history of the Arctic. Created during several assignments to multiple locations within the Arctic Circle over the last two years.

This exhibition forms part of the Scotland And the Arctic Festival, a series of events and activities happening this October. For full details visit the website here.

On Saturday, 12th October, Colin and Saskia will be hosting a discussion in the Robert Burns Film Theatre sharing their experiences of photography in the Arctic. Tickets available here

Exhibition: After It's Gone

The Stove Cafe
7-14 October
Photography exhibition showing an ongoing body of work by Stove members Dr Saskia Coulson & Colin Tennant, exploring the landscape, ecology and history of the Arctic. Created during several assignments to multiple locations within the Arctic Circle over the last two years.
This exhibition forms part of the Scotland And the Arctic Festival, a series of events and activities happening this October. For full details visit the website here.
On Saturday, 12th October, Colin and Saskia will be hosting a discussion in the Robert Burns Film Theatre sharing their experiences of photography in the Arctic. Tickets available here

Exhibition: After It's Gone

The Stove Cafe
7-14 October
Photography exhibition showing an ongoing body of work by Stove members Dr Saskia Coulson & Colin Tennant, exploring the landscape, ecology and history of the Arctic. Created during several assignments to multiple locations within the Arctic Circle over the last two years.
This exhibition forms part of the Scotland And the Arctic Festival, a series of events and activities happening this October. For full details visit the website here.
On Saturday, 12th October, Colin and Saskia will be hosting a discussion in the Robert Burns Film Theatre sharing their experiences of photography in the Arctic. Tickets available here

Exhibition: After It's Gone

The Stove Cafe
7-14 October
Photography exhibition showing an ongoing body of work by Stove members Dr Saskia Coulson & Colin Tennant, exploring the landscape, ecology and history of the Arctic. Created during several assignments to multiple locations within the Arctic Circle over the last two years.
This exhibition forms part of the Scotland And the Arctic Festival, a series of events and activities happening this October. For full details visit the website here.
On Saturday, 12th October, Colin and Saskia will be hosting a discussion in the Robert Burns Film Theatre sharing their experiences of photography in the Arctic. Tickets available here