Christmas 2021 – Send us your festive photos

2021 – AND WE THOUGHT the situation couldn’t get much worse after 2020. After lockdowns, stress, isolation, but also boundless community spirit and amazing support for one another, Christmas is with us once again. There is urgency in the festive air: Get ready now, before Omicron scuppers the best laid plans!

So take a deep breath, stand back, admire your wreaths, decorations, window displays and Christmas trees, and send us a photo of your hard work. No doubt the festive spirit will extend to dogs, cats and other members of the family, we’d love to see them too. Share the 2021 festivity and Christmas spirit with us at Shetland News, see the guidelines below.

Send us your photos and we’ll add photos here. The photos will be viewable permanently in our showcase section. Selected photos may be added to Facebook or Instagram; we may even use them for our Facebook cover photo. If you have an Instagram username, please let us know when you send your photo.

What are we looking for?

It could be granny snoozing on the sofa, a pet with funny hat, or your cat up hiding in the Christmas tree. How about your kids having fun with their presents, decorations, your Christmas table spread, ‘Santa’ putting the presents under the tree on Christmas Eve. The choice is yours.

We leave it to you to celebrate what’s best. Surprise us!

Does it have to be of Christmas day?

Not at all! We’re happy to receive photos from now December until 30 December. After all, the magic of Christmas is in the build-up as well as the big day.

Christmas snowman decoration

Are the photos checked before publication? What are the guidelines?

The photos are checked manually by staff before they are put on the site. Any distasteful or otherwise ‘iffy’ photos (or captions) won’t be included and no correspondence will be entered into. Remember, if you have to ask if it is suitable, it probably isn’t.

If you send multiple photos of the same subject, we will choose only one to display. Individuals who abuse this will be temporarily blocked. We won’t guarantee how quickly photos are added – it’s holiday time after all!

Please send us horizontal (landscape aspect) photos if possible. These can be used, without cropping, as a feature image on the site and facebook.

Also, if given the option, send ‘full size’, ‘original’ or ‘best quality’ photos.

How do I send you my photos?

Add Shetland News as a contact on your phone; alternatively you can use Facebook Messenger ( to message us directly, or preferably send an email to

Your name as the sender will be given unless you state otherwise, and if you can include a short sentence as a description, or place name if desired.

What happens to the photos after Christmas?

We’ll be leaving all the photos up on the website. You can ask us to delete them if you don’t want this.

What about privacy, GDPR and copyright?

The photographer retains copyright to the image, but as always, please make sure you are happy to share your photo on the internet. No images online are private and we cannot guarantee they won’t be stored by third parties.

It’s polite to ask the (human) subjects in the frame if they mind you sending the photos to us.

By sending us photos, which may show your name, a caption including a name or anything else which may identify an individual, you are consenting to us displaying the photos as detailed above. If you are not happy sharing, don’t send them!

All emails will be kept on the site after Christmas, in our showcase section on the site. Please see our privacy policy for further details.

Happy snapping!

Shetland News