Scottish Nature Photographer of the Year 2015
(& Scottish Landscape - Sea & Coast category winner):
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 its real and not unlike
something that they have witnessed at a previous time. Theres 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."
Nature Photographer of the Year 2015:
Max Eve (age 10) -
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."
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 Scotlands 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:
Gillingham, BA (Hons) Marine & Natural History Photography, Falmouth
Life in the Highlands Portfolio
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 Im 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."