Pupils’ aerial pictures to feature on stamps

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SPECTACULAR aerial images taken by children using a camera tethered to a kite are to be turned into postage stamps.

Aspiring young photographers from across the Lothians took part in the national competition to capture images taken from an adapted kite.

Toronto Primary School's Blawhorn Moss. Picture: comp

Toronto Primary School's Blawhorn Moss. Picture: comp

And youngsters at Toronto Primary School, Livingston, scooped the top prize in the inaugural Scottish National Aerial Photography Scheme’s kite aerial photography competition, which will see their snaps turned into first-class stamps.

The competition, which ­featured images of Capital ­landmarks and breathtaking landscapes, is the brainchild of West Lothian Archaeological Trust’s John Wells. The enthusiast, who himself has produced thousands of images from the unique perspective, established the contest in memory of wife Rosie, who died last year from breast cancer.

The couple, from Armadale, had enjoyed the hobby and Rosie, 63, wanted to make the informative and educational devices available to ­children across the Lothians and ­further afield.

“When we knew she was dying she said it would be nice if we could set up a scheme to encourage kids, schools and university students to use this technique, which is cheap and environmentally friendly,” said Mr Wells, below.

“The oldest person we’ve had doing it is in his late 80s, the youngest is two-and-a-half, so the first kit we gave was to the Edinburgh ­University Archeological Society. Since then, we have given out nearly 100. The ­pictures we’ve had back have been ­brilliant, I think it’s really captured the ­children’s imaginations.

“We thought it would be a nice touch and something for them to be able to take away if we put the ­images on stamps.”

The starter kit comprises of a £28 keychain digital camera which is ­attached to the line using and a bent coat hanger wire and velcro.

Toronto Primary class teacher Kirsty Muir said: “The pupils are ­absolutely delighted with their achievement. We would like to thank John Wells and everyone else ­involved for their great support.

“It was the first time that the class had undertaken a project like this and the first time that many of the pupils had been involved in ­photography.”