2015 title winners reflect...

We asked the winners of the 2015 titles to reflect on winning their awards and to tell us a bit about their current projects.


David Queenan - Scottish Nature Photographer of the Year 2015

The Bass Rock from Seacliff Beach © David Queenan
The Bass Rock from Seacliff Beach © David Queenan
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."
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Lewis Gillingham - Student Scottish Nature Photographer of the Year 2015
Life in the Highlands Portfolio © Lewis Gillingham
Life in the Highlands Portfolio © Lewis Gillingham
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."

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Life in the Highlands Portfolio © Lewis Gillingham    Life in the Highlands Portfolio © Lewis Gillingham
Life in the Highlands Portfolio © Lewis Gillingham




Max Eve - Junior Scottish Nature Photographer of the Year 2015

Catch of the Day © Max Eve
Catch of the Day © Max Eve

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."