Borders photographer wins top award – Duelling insects, a ladybird launching from a leaf and a reflective mountain scene are just some of the striking photographs unveiled as the winners for the sixth annual Nature Photography Awards, hosted by the five star Scottish Seabird Centre, East Lothian.
Two-hundred and seventy eight entries were received in total and Stuart Scott, a photographer from Blainslie, won in one of the most popular categories: Creative Visions with his image Moss shoots in low sunlight (right). Stuart also came third in World Flora with Red Campion.
Tom Langlands from Annan came second in the Scottish Wildlife category with his shot Formation flying and Ron McCombe from Coldstream came third in Worldwide Wildlife with Arctic terns passing a sand eel.
Stuart Scott (below) said: “Photography is very important to me and when I saw details of the Seabird Centre’s Nature Photography Awards I knew I had to enter.
“To be recognised by two of the country’s top photographers is really fantastic and I’m delighted to have won the vote of the judges and the public in the Creative Visions category.”
The winning images were 50% judges’ vote and 50% public vote, with the shortlist of 105 on display in the Scottish Seabird Centre’s Environment Zone since mid-November. The judges, award-winning nature photographer Laurie Campbell (from Paxton) and outstanding freelance photographer Graham Riddell (from Innerleithen), were overwhelmed by the standard of images submitted.
The winners are:
Creative Visions of Nature: Stuart Scott from Blainslie, Moss shoots in low sunlight
Landscape: Neil MacGregor from Glasgow, Winter reflections also won the People’s Choice with Red squirrel on stump
Worldwide Wildlife: Douglas Gregor from Worcester, Ladybird taking off
Scottish Wildlife: Douglas Gregor from Worcester, The duellists
World Flora: Ann Jeffray from Gifford, East Lothian, Cone with clover
Environmental Impact: Malcolm Davidson from Dirleton, East Lothian, City air
Junior: Inga Zurhelle from Germany, Spider in web
Tom Brock, Chief Executive of the Scottish Seabird Centre, said: “Every year we are greatly impressed by the level of talent amongst amateur photographers. I would like to thank everyone who entered and to congratulate all those who made it to the shortlist and, of course, our winners. The exhibition in the Seabird Centre has been a huge success with over 500 people voting for their favourite.”
Laurie Campbell added “Once again, the process of deliberating over such a high percentage of marvellous entries took time. Our only option was to become more ruthless than ever before and make difficult decisions. There really were some stand-out shots and it’s great to see that recognised by the public. I would encourage anyone with an interest in photography to get snapping for the seventh Nature Photography Awards!”
Entries for the 2012 Nature Photography Awards will open soon. For more information please visit www.seabird.org
Here’s a selection of the other top choices of the judges and the outright winner Stuart Scott with his award.