A new online competition has opened to find the best beach – and the best picture of a beach – in the Western Isles.

It’s the second year that the popular weather page https://www.facebook.com/WesternIslesWeather/ has run the competition, which gives a fair chance to each of the six islands in the Western Isles (grouping some of the smaller isles with their larger neighbours).

Each week people get the chance to post a picture of their favourite beach in a particular location – week one, this week, is from Lewis. Six images are chosen for a public vote and the picture with the highest number of votes goes through to the public vote final, with just one beach chosen as Best Beach in the Western Isles 2020.

Weather guru Richard Cooke, who runs the page, said: “We have the world’s best beaches in the Western Isles and this competition helps to showcase the best of the islands.

“Last year Horgabost beach in Harris took the title by public agreement. I had a great time running the competition and was blown away both by the quality of the images and by how many people took part – we had over 1,000 people submitting images and thousands voting for their favourites.”

Entries are already rolling in for Lewis week, with Traigh Mhor and Garry Beach in Tolsta, Port Nis, Ardroil and Dalmore all among the entries. Sunny skies, sunsets and wild waves are all part of the glorious imagery being shown off.

It’s a just-for-fun competition – apart from the pleasure of seeing your favourite beach featured – and Richard said: “I always appreciate anyone contributing.”

Our picture shows Mangersta taken by Judi Hayes.