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Orkney called on to enter photography competition

Orkney residents are being encouraged to enter a portrait photography competition this May by sharing images and stories that capture what walking means to them.

Scottish walking charity Paths for All has launched a competition named Humans of the Walk as part of its mission to promote everyday walking. To enter the competition, members of the public should post a portrait photo celebrating walking in some way, on Twitter or Instagram, using the hashtag #HumansOfTheWalk. Multiple entries are allowed with the competition running until Friday, May 31, next week. Those who take part are in with the chance of winning a Nikon B500 Coolpix camera.

Ian Findlay, chief officer at Paths for All, said: “Orkney has a number of great walking routes — whether it’s residential streets or local paths and green spaces — and we’re keen for the community to celebrate how they make these part of their daily routines.

“We want the photos to be a true reflection of everyday walking — walking that builds friendships, gives you headspace and gets you feeling fitter and out enjoying nature.

“Walking can help prevent ill health, build communities and create a happier, healthier, greener Scotland and we know that people can demonstrate just that with their Humans of the Walk photos. 

“We want to revolutionise the way people use their cities, and stop our spaces from being dominated by cars. Scotland’s towns and cities should be a backdrop for people walking, scooting, cycling or simply spending time enjoying cleaner, quieter, calmer streets.

“Paths for All is looking forward to seeing them all and wish everyone who enters the competition the best of luck.”

Paths For All’s aim is to significantly increase the number of people who choose to walk in Scotland, whether it’s walking for leisure, to work, to school or to the shops. The charity works to create more opportunities and better environments for walking, as well as cycling and other activities to help make Scotland a more active and greener place.

For more information on Humans of the Walk and the competition, visit: https://www.pathsforall.org.uk/humans

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