A popular Aberdeen festival is receiving greater national recognition.
After being named Festival of the Year last year, SPECTRA, the festival of light, which is staged in the Granite City annually, has now received four nominations at the Drum Scottish Event Awards.
It is now in the running for Festival of the Year, Cultural Event of the Year, Large Event of the Year and Team of the Year.
The 2017 event saw around 65,000 visitors during its four day run.
Andy Brydon, director of Curated Place which produces SPECTRA, said: “It is fantastic to have the growing success of SPECTRA recognised with these four nominations to the Scottish Event Awards for the second year running.
“Our close partnership with Aberdeen City Council has enabled us to develop an ambitious, effective and close-knit team across the two organisations whose enthusiasm allows us to deliver an event that is helping to expand horizons for the city and the possibilities for major cultural events in the North-east.”
This year’s festival highlights included an interactive sculpture featuring 6,000 incandescent bulbs and a light installation that filled St Nicholas Kirkyard with stick figure spiders that came to life with a spooky musical score.
Cllr Marie Boulton, cultural spokeswoman for Aberdeen City Council, said: “This is just fantastic news.
“For Spectra and our partners at Curated Place to be nominated in four major categories in such prestigious awards is a testament to the massive impact the festival continues to have on the Scottish cultural scene.
“I know from first-hand that the nominations are richly deserved, given the sheer hard work and creativity that went into making SPECTRA an even bigger success this year.
“The city is justifiably proud of our renaissance as a thriving centre for culture within the UK and, in fact, across Europe.
“The challenge now is to build on our success and to make Aberdeen an essential destination for lovers of culture everywhere.”
The awards will be held in Glasgow next month.