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
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 Im thrilled at winning
this award is putting it mildly, especially with 2013 being
the Year of Natural Scotland. Im 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. Its
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.
Scottish Landscape Category
Natural Abstract Category
Scottish Botanical Category
A regularly alternating selection of shortlisted images will
be displayed on the shortlist