2015 Winners

Scottish Nature Photographer of the Year 2015
(& Scottish Landscape - Sea & Coast category winner):

David Queenan - The Bass Rock from Seacliff Beach

© David Queenan - The Bass Rock from Seacliff Beach

David said: "This was my 4th year entering this competition and I have enjoyed some success in the past getting images into the Portfolio Yearbook and winning the Urban Greenspace category last year, 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.

"My winning image was taken at the end of a pleasant evening shooting the sunset over Tantallon Castle from Seacliff beach. It was taken nearly an hour after sunset and I was trying to make my way back along the beach to the car park before it got completely dark when I spotted the water-formed shapes in the sand leading to the Bass Rock in the distance and had to stop for one last shot - thankfully I did!"

Judge Colin Prior said:
"David's winning photograph works on every level and is an image that will appeal to everyone. It ticks all the boxes – primarily, it has the simplest of compositions which leads the eye through the image from the bottom left, through the Bass Rock and out at the top left. It also shows sensitive processing with the result that David has retained the subtlety of this image – when someone looks at this photograph they know it’s real and not unlike something that they have witnessed at a previous time. There’s also the palette of colours which runs from deep purple to mauve, through pink and orange which has a broad appeal. Finally, I would say that what underlies the success of this image is the convergence of many elements, and the fact that it makes use of such ordinary and accessible subject matter over which many people will walk during the next twelve hours. Through his vision and lens, David has successfully transformed the ordinary into the extraordinary."

Junior Scottish Nature Photographer of the Year 2015:

Max Eve (age 10) - Catch of the Day

© Max Eve - Catch of the Day

Max 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."

Judge Richard Shucksmith said: "I was very impressed with the junior entries. They were very thoughtful in the way the images were composed and they had captured some great animal behaviour and beautiful landscapes. The winning image of the White-tailed Eagle captures the size, the power and the beauty of one of Scotland’s iconic birds. I almost feel that the Eagle is looking me in the eye when viewing the image, absolutely wonderful."

Student Scottish Nature Photographer of the Year 2015:

Lewis Gillingham, BA (Hons) Marine & Natural History Photography, Falmouth University -
Life in the Highlands Portfolio

© Lewis Gillingham -  Life in the Highlands

© Lewis Gillingham -  Life in the Highlands

© Lewis Gillingham -  Life in the Highlands
Lewis said: "I was thrilled to have been shortlisted for the competition, so to actually be selected for first place is a complete surprise.

"The Cairngorms is a beautiful place to work and I thoroughly enjoyed my time watching the charismatic wildlife and experiencing the rich cultural heritage of the area. To have my work recognised by a panel with expertise in the field is a great honour, and I’m delighted to have this award to carry with me when I graduate this year."

Judge Niall Irvine said: "We asked students to submit three images that evoked the serenity that can be found in engaging with nature. Lewis's winning portfolio appealed to us for its tranquil depiction of the landscape and wildlife of the Cairngorms."

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Environmental Category
Natural Abstract Category
Scottish Botanical Category
Scottish Landscape The Land Category
Scottish Landscape Sea & Coast Category
Scottish Landscape Urban Greenspace Category
Scottish Wildlife Behaviour Category
Scottish Wildlife Portrait Category
Junior Category
Student Category