Snapper John meets a true sporting hero

Olympic gold medallist Sir Chris Hoy presents John Dyer with a copy of his winning photo
Olympic gold medallist Sir Chris Hoy presents John Dyer with a copy of his winning photo

AN amateur photographer from Motherwell won a UK-wide photography competition scooping a digital camera worth over £600 and a meeting with Olympic hero Sir Chris Hoy.

John Dyer’s work was selected from hundreds of entries in the second picture-led competition run by Bank of Scotland, ‘Slice of Scottish Sporting Spirit’.

His winning photograph, entitled ‘Go ahead and jump…’, depicts three friends from his open water swimming club jumping off Luss Pier in to the cold waters of Loch Lomond.

As part of the prize, John and two guests got the chance to meet Bank of Scotland’s London 2012 Ambassador Sir Chris Hoy, who presented John with a copy of his winning photo.

John said: “I am absolutely thrilled to have won, 2012 has been a great year for me but winning this competition has really put the cherry on the cake. I watched everything during the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games so to get the chance to meet Sir Chris Hoy is simply fantastic. I’m not sure who’s happier that I won, me or my wife!”

Eithne Anderson, head of advertising at Bank of Scotland was on the judging panel, and said: “It was a tough decision but John’s fantastic picture of his ‘wild west’ swimming clubmates taking the plunge at Luss really stood out.

“All the judges agreed that John’s photo showed real Scottish sporting spirit.”