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The 2012 Winners

Scottish Wildlife Category

Judge Lorne Gill said: "There are quite a lot of things that need to come together in nature photography if a photographer is to capture the perfect photograph. Light, composition, colour, mood, subject behaviour, the decisive moment to name but a few.

"In this photograph of a young bottlenose dolphin breaking the surface of a totally becalmed ocean, we witness one of these moments that happen only very rarely. I'm sure Charlie Phillips' heart must have missed a beat when he reviewed this shot on his computer screen for the first time. I know mine did and I'm sure yours will too."

1st place & Scottish Nature Photographer of the Year 2012:

Charlie Phillips - Up for Air

Up for Air - A Bottlenose Dolphin Surfacing to Breathe, shows the split second where a young Bottlenose Dolphin enters our realm from his, already exhaling as he breaks the surface tension of the water.

Charlie said: “To say that I’m thrilled at winning this award is putting it mildly, especially with 2013 being the Year of Natural Scotland. I’m hoping that people seeing images like this will realise and then remember that Scotland has incredible wildlife species, wild and free the way they should be, plus stunning landscapes to enjoy. It’s just a matter of getting out there to look at it, love it and respect it. I am also so honoured that I have been picked out by my peers as overall winner amongst so many talented photographers. Thank you so much.”

2nd place: Julian Cox - Tor Malkin (Mountain Hare - Malkin is an old Scots word for Hare)

3rd place
: Russell Childs - 50 Shades of Green. Iridescent green feathers and emerald eyes of Shag at Harp Rock, Lunga.

Shortlisted photographers:

Allan Adam
John Allen
Anne Bignall
Colin Carter
Sandy Cleland
Julian Cox
Mike Cruise
Matthew Doggett
Jonathan Gaunt
Carole Kedie
Ann Jeffray
Helen Jones
George MacIver
Ian Mason
Brian Matthews
Phil Mclean
Charles Moonie
Allan Morley
Gillian Murray
Rebecca Nason
Charles Phillips
Richard Shucksmith
George Stoyle
Cheryl Surry
Austin Thomas
Steve Wrightson

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Environmental Category
Scottish Botanical Category
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A regularly alternating selection of shortlisted images will be displayed on the shortlist page.

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