David said: "This was
my 4th year entering this particular competition and I had enjoyed some
success in the past by way of winning the Urban Greenspace category in 2014,
but it was still a total surprise to win the Sea & Coast category this
year and a great honour to also be awarded the overall winning title of
Scottish Nature Photographer of the Year 2015. I recently received the book
and the standard of all the other entries is so high I have to keep looking
at it to remind myself I actually won.
"It's also been great for my overall exposure as a landscape photographer
as the winning image is still popping up in magazine articles. I was made
redundant almost a year ago from my job in a graphic design company and
I now work as a freelance graphic artist but this has also allowed me time
to take on some professional photography work which has been mainly shooting
interiors for a residential property marketing company. However, when it
comes to time off and I want to get away for a few hours I still prefer
to return to the outdoors and landscape photography."
Lewis said: "Winning
the Scottish Student Nature Photographer of the Year award was a huge moment
for me both photographically and otherwise. To have my work recognised by
a board of experts, and at that to place it above other entries was something
that I never expected to happen. Scotland is an incredible place for nature
and I can't wait to get up that way again.
"When I was informed of the result, I was actually in the Arctic circle
in Sweden working on my final project for University. A project that resulted
in me being awarded a First Class Honours in Marine & Natural History
Photography, graduating in September this year, and qualifying for a Royal
Photographic Society Distinction. I now work in a Visual Assets role at
Cool Earth, a rainforest charity from Truro that works with indigenous villages
on the frontline of deforestation in the tropics and continue to photograph
in my spare time. I've actually just launched a new 'brand' for my stills
and video work, as a side-project from my day job: Leyline Creative is about
visual content creation for like minded brands, with ideals rooted in sustainability
and an appreciation of the great outdoors. You can find us on Facebook and
Instagram with the handle @leyline_creative.
"The SNPA award really did get the ball rolling this year, I've got
a lot to be grateful for and I'm looking forward to seeing some of the great
work that is bound to come out of next year's competition."
Max (age 10) said: "I am very excited about winning. Scotland is
where I started photographing birds. I wanted to identify them using the
rings they are recorded with. I have lots of favourite spots I head to in
Scotland but it took a lot of persuasion to get my Dad to take me to Mull.
I am so pleased he did because I had a great time with my camera. The White-tailed
Eagles were definitely the highlight."