Photography putting nature on display

SW Neil MacGregor Chaffinch in Flight 11-36-52Time is running out  if you are planning to enter the award-winning Scottish Seabird Centre’s annual amateur photography awards.

Entries are invited from amateur photographers who captured nature on camera this year. The deadline for entries is October 31.

The competition is being judged by well known freelance photographer Graham Riddell from Innerleithen.

Graham has been an avid supporter of the competition since its launch six years ago and he brings a creative perspective to the judging panel. He volunteers his time and expertise to coach selected winners on personal field trips with his unique photographic approach.

Graham specialises in landscape and nature art stock photography and his striking portfolio has been published in Scottish Life magazine in the USA, D&G Life magazine and the Visit Southern Scotland website.

He has also worked with the Innerleithen Music Festival and is a committed member of the recently formed Tweeddale Photographic Group.

There are six categories included in the Scottish Seabird Centre’s awards and Graham will be judging the entries in all areas. ‘Landscape’ invites submissions on land, sea and coastal locations from across the world; ‘Worldwide Wildlife’ looks at animal and birdlife from outwith Scotland; while ‘Scottish Wildlife’ gives photographers the opportunity to explore the amazing wildlife on our doorsteps.

‘Creative Visions of Nature’ seeks entries that use nature as inspiration but looks for alternative or unexpected ways of looking at these subjects or scenes: ‘World Flora’ focuses on plant life from anywhere in the world and ‘Environmental Impact’ explores the themes of climate change and the impact of humans on nature and the natural world.

Young photographers up to age 15 also have the opportunity to compete and this year the theme of ‘Back Garden Biodiversity’ invites entries that take inspiration from nature close to home.

Graham Riddell said: “I will be looking for stand out shots – it’s not about having the fanciest camera or the best equipment, it’s all about having the eye to take a great shot or simply capturing a moment. There is so much possibility across each of the categories and I would encourage anyone with an interest in photography to give this competition a go.”

Graham’s three top tips for submitting entries to the competition are:
*    Try to be original – look for an unusual viewpoint, subject or location
*    Be relevant to the category entered
*    Submit your best work ie quality prints, carefully cropped and accurately focused images

The closing date for entries is 31 October. Entries cost £5 each and there is a maximum of three entries per category.

Our two shots are entries from last year from Neil McGregor (chaffinch in flight) and Ron McCoombe (hare in the Scottish Borders).


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