The top pieces of Scottish straw bale art created in 2018 have been revealed.
The finalists of the annual Young Farmers’ Bale Artwork Competition, which has been delighting people as they travel across the country, were announced on Friday.
Six straw bale creations out of 54 have made it to the final round and will have their work judged by TV’s Lorraine Kelly.
The finalists are Strichen JAC (East Aberdeenshire district), Mid Deeside (West Aberdeenshire district), East Mainland (Orkney district), SSS (Clyde and Central district), Avondale (Lanarkshire district) and Strathbogie (Deveron and Speyside district).
This year’s artwork covered themes including Disney characters, tractors, teddy bears and Halloween.
The competition is run by the Scottish Association of Young Farmers Clubs (SAYFC) and supported by Quality Meat Scotland (QMS).
Carol McLaren of QMS said: “The bale art competition offers a fantastic opportunity, particularly during Scotland’s Year of Young People, to showcase the innovation and creativity of Scotland’s young farmers, as well as proudly supporting the industry’s Scotch Lamb brand.
“The energy and enthusiasm which the young farmers have put into their entries this year shines through and we hope it will raise a smile to thousands of people as they enjoy the colourful works of art in fields round the country.
“Our best wishes to all the finalists.”
Kinross farmer David Lawrie, this year’s SAYFC chairman, said: “It has been amazing to see so many clubs taking part and so many creative and ambitious designs – congratulations to the six finalists.”
The artwork raises funds for the STV Children’s Appeal, which supports youngsters living in poverty in Scotland. People who enjoyed the straw bale art are being encouraged to donate.
To contribute visit: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/baleart2018