Seasons of the Shetland Crofter

Seasons of the Shetland Crofter

Seasons of the Shetland Crofter Competition




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Welcome to The Seasons of the Shetland Crofter Competition where we will give you the chance to win a selection of prizes including a luxury Vispring Real Shetland Wool Bed! We at J&S and our good friends Vispring have long admired the Shetland Crofting Community for the hard work and care that they put into tending for their sheep, the efforts of which provide us with the Real Shetland Wool that we use in our wide-range of products.

Together with Shetland Amenity Trust we would like to celebrate the work of the Shetland Crofter by collating a selection of photos, stories and videos to promote the Crofting Industry.

All featured story and photographic entries will be compiled in a special Vispring sponsored ‘Seasons of the Shetland Crofter’ book which will be officially launched at the 10th annual Shetland Wool Week 2019.

All winning video entries will be hosted on a J&S YouTube page.

Entry Guidelines

We would like to see what you believe defines the Shetland Crofter throughout the seasons and ask that all entries depict scenes or memories from a specific season (Spring/Summer/Autumn/Winter).

Entrants may enter multiple submissions but are only eligible to win one prize in total.

Entries do not have to be current; you can draw inspiration from the past, dig out old family photographs or videos or take new ones while you/your family are looking after your croft in the upcoming seasons of 2019!

All photographic submissions are welcome but we recommend entries be in their original quality or scanned to at least 300dpi and uploaded via the MailBigFile upload form (see below) – max file size is 4GB.

All video entries must be between 1-3min long and submitted in their original format via the MailBigFile upload form (see below) – max file size is 5GB.


Example entries:

A photograph of family members out on their croft, tending to their sheep on a bright Summer’s day…


 An early morning Spring-time video taken by a Crofter on his/her way to check on their sheep…


A memorable story of your grandparents out on the croft, bringing in their sheep one cold Winter…


Our main stipulation is that all entries depict what you believe defines Shetland crofting life in one of the changing seasons – this is a competition about the Shetland Crofter, for the Shetland Crofter (please see competition rules below).



All entries will be sorted into their respective season and winning submissions will be selected by a judging panel made up of representatives from J&S, Vispring and Shetland Amenity Trust.

Prize structure consists of:


(Defined by the best overall entry as selected by the judging panel)

Vispring Real Shetland bed set* (for Shetland residents only)

Two-night stay at Sumburgh Head Lighthouse courtesy of Shetland Amenity Trust (to be claimed within 1 year)

Copy of the Seasons of the Shetland Crofter book

1st Place per Category:


£100 in cash or J&S vouchers

Vispring branded J&S RSW throw

Copy of the Seasons of the Shetland Crofter book


Shortlist Entries per category:

Vispring branded J&S RSW throw

Copy of the Seasons of the Shetland Crofter book

Pair of J&S RSW socks

How to Enter

(please read competition rules before entering - below)

All entrants must include their contact details, season, any names and locations associated with their entry and any additional supporting information if necessary.

Please send all written entries to:

Please upload your video and photographic entries to our Mailbigfile account using the upload form below:



Competition Rules

The rules of the competition and how to enter are as follows:

  • The competition is open to all residents of Shetland and their descendants or extended family, of any age, wherever they may be across the globe * Please Note: The overall winning prize of a Vispring Real Shetland bed set is only available to residents of Shetland.  Both the Vispring Prize and the Sumburgh Head Lighthouse prize may be transferred to another party upon request – please see T&C’s for more information
  • Multiple entries are permitted but only one prize will be awarded per entrant
  • All entries must depict Shetland crofting life in one (or more) of the changing seasons
  • All entries can be present or historical; memories of the past are more than welcome
  • All photographic entries are advised to be submitted in their original format/scanned to at least 300dpi and be no larger than 4GB in size
  • All video entries must be between 1 – 3 minutes long (if longer, may be subject to editing) and no larger than 5GB in size
  • All story/written entries must be approximately 100-300 words in length
  • All entrants must include names, dates and locations (wherever possible) to support their entries
  • Entrants must have full permission to share images, names and other associated intellectual property
  • Please include contact information for each entry
  • By entering the Seasons of the Shetland Crofter Competition, all entrants agree to have their personal information handled in accordance with GDPR guidelines and opt-in to receive marketing information from the main Competition Partners (some information may be shared with relevant third parties in order to process winning entries)
  • By entering the Seasons of the Shetland Crofter Competition, all entrants agree to give Jamison and Smith and the Competition Partners full rights to use images/video/words submitted for their own purposes
  • Competition Closes 21st July 2019 After this date the no further entries to the competition will be permitted
  • Failure to comply with any of the above requirements may end in disqualification


For more detailed competition information, please refer to the full Terms and Conditions page.