Nature puts on a show

2271 boxing hares IMG_9605Scottish Borders wildlife – Boxing brown hares, an Icelandic glacier and a fungal forest are just some of the stunning photographs submitted for this year’s Nature Photography Awards, hosted by the Scottish Seabird Centre.

Two-hundred and seventy eight entries were received, including 40 for the junior competition, the highest since the competition was started six years ago.

Entries were submitted from across the UK and this year the Centre also welcomed entries from Germany and Spain. Ron McCombe from Coldstream, Stuart Scott from Galashiels and David Wolfenden from Melrose all made a big impression on the judges with shortlisted entries across five of the six adult categories.

The judges, award-winning nature photographer Laurie Campbell from Paxton and top freelance photographer Graham Riddell from Innerleithen, were overwhelmed by the standard of images submitted.

The top 105 photographs have just been unveiled in the award-winning Discovery Centre, where the public are invited to vote for their favourite until January 2012.

Stuart Scott, whose entry is shown above, said: “I entered the Nature Photography Awards last year and made it to the shortlist, so to have made it to the shortlist again this year is fantastic! I hope it encourages other people to look at nature in a more creative way, too.”

SW Neil MacGregor Chaffinch in Flight 11-36-52Tom Brock OBE, Chief Executive of the Scottish Seabird Centre, said: “The level of talent in this year’s submissions is quite outstanding and it’s fantastic to see how much these annual awards capture the imagination of amateur photographers. The exhibition of over 100 shortlisted entries forms a stunning display of wildlife photography which is well worth seeing.”

Laurie Campbell added: “Graham and I had a tough job this year – we spent hours deliberating and debating the best of the submissions. We are really excited about the images that we have selected and applaud everyone who has taken the time to make a submission. Well done to all!”

The shortlisted 15 in each category are as follows (please note some people are shortlisted for more than one image):

Landscape: Alex Adam, Bill Crookston, Malcolm Davidson, Caroline C Delaney, Tom Gardner, Elizabeth Howie, Anne Jeffray, Mark Laing and Neil MacGregor
Worldwide Wildlife: Alex Adam, Cameron Argyle-Robertson, William Backhouse, Malcolm Davidson, Jimmie Drennan, Andy Duly, Douglas Gregor, Mark Laing, Alastair Marsh, Ron McCombe and Mark Shankey
Scottish Wildlife: Pamela Baker, Bill Crookston, Malcolm Davidson, Fiona Govan, Douglas Gregor, Alex Haggarty, Anne Jeffray, Tom Langlands, Neil MacGregor, Ron McCombe and Stuart Scott
Creative Visions of Nature: Alex Adam, Pamela Baker, Caroline C Delaney, Jimmie Drennan, Fiona Govan, Anne Jeffray, Stuart Scott, Allan Tunnock, Liz Wheelans and David Wolfenden
World Flora: Alex Adam, William Backhouse, Russell Childs, Fiona Govan, Susanne Hulme, Anne Jeffray, Sameena Purvane, Stuart Scott, Rob Shields, Allan Tunnock, Ian Wade and Christel Zurhelle
Environmental Impact: Alex Adam, Cameron Argyle-Robertson, William Backhouse, Russell Childs, Malcolm Davidson, Vince Holak, Allan Petrie, Sameena Purvane, Stuart Scott, Ian Wade and Liz Wheelans
Junior: Finley Doyle, Jordan Baker, Finn Zurhelle, Joe Petrie, Finn Henderson, Ella Malakia Spring, Madeline Ford, Samantha Suter and Caitlin Street

The winners will be unveiled at an awards ceremony at the Scottish Seabird Centre in February 2012. For more information on the awards visit www.seabird.org

The awards will return in 2012 so get snapping. The deadline for entries for the 2012 competition will be 31 October 2012.

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