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A NEW initiative has been set up to showcase local photographers’ work in what has been described a “one-stop shop” for Shetland landscape images.

Viewtiful Photography is a collaborative website which brings together a range of local photographers to share scenic images of Shetland, which can be bought as wall art.

In the advent on social media the local photography scene is as busy as ever – with the isles a popular subject for photo websites like Instagram.

The Viewtiful website has been set up by local photographer Ben Mullay, who also runs Lerwick’s Camera Centre.

“There are so many talented landscape photographers in Shetland, and so many picturesque locations,” he said.

“I often have customers at the Camera Centre who ask if I have an image of a particular location or say that they’ve seen a photograph that they like but don’t know who took it.

“Setting up Viewtiful Photography seemed like an ideal solution to bring photographers, images and consumers together under one roof.

“I hope the site can also provide inspiration for locals and visitors alike to get out and about to some of the beautiful locations featured in images for purchase on the website.”

The website, initially featuring images from a small selection of founding members, focuses on wall art, with prints, framed pictures and canvases available in three large-format sizes as well as the opportunity to buy gift vouchers.

The website plans to grow by welcoming more photographers as contributors in the future.

“We started off by contacting just a handful of the many experienced and dedicated landscape photographers we have in Shetland,” Mullay said.

“We were delighted with the response to our initial invitations and hope that many other keen photographers may wish to join the team.”

Founding members of the project are: Ben Mullay Photography, Brian Gray, Carol Anderson, Gordon Siegel Photography, Kaylee Garrick (Team Hobbitpaws), Billy Arthur (Lonabrak Photography), Ryan Leith Photography, Andrew Simpson (shetlandbydrone), Steve Birrell Photography and Anne Macdonald (Vicinage – Anne Macdonald Photography).