2016 Winners

Student Category

Judge Niall Irvine said: "Edgaras's winning porfolio on the theme of water has three beautifully composed images. The soft light helps to focus directly on the droplets of water, and the images are simplified down to the essence of the theme. Viewed as a whole, the portfolio allows the viewer to understand the close-up detail of the water drops, giving the effect of being there."


1st place & Student Scottish Nature Photographer of the Year 2016:
Edgaras Borotinskas, HND Photography, Forth Valley College -
Nature's Tears Portfolio

© Edgaras Borotinskas - Nature's Tears Portfolio
© Edgaras Borotinskas - Nature's Tears Portfolio


© Edgaras Borotinskas - Nature's Tears Portfolio
© Edgaras Borotinskas - Nature's Tears Portfolio


© Edgaras Borotinskas - Nature's Tears Portfolio
© Edgaras Borotinskas - Nature's Tears Portfolio

Edgaras said: "When people are happy or sad they cry. I think nature's tears are water drops. Is nature happy or sad? It is up to you to decide…

"I am so happy and proud of this award. Last year I entered the Student category and when I was shortlisted, it motivated me to improve. Passion, motivation and dedication helped to do that.
Taking pictures makes me happy and when other people like my work it doubles that.

"I want to thank Scottish Nature Photography Awards and everyone who helped me to improve as a photographer."


2nd place: Megan-Bridget Maher-McCrystal, BA (Hons) Photography, Edinburgh Napier University -
Scottish Waters Portfolio

© Megan-Bridget Maher-McCrystal - Scottish Waters Portfolio
© Megan-Bridget Maher-McCrystal - Scottish Waters Portfolio

© Megan-Bridget Maher-McCrystal - Scottish Waters Portfolio
© Megan-Bridget Maher-McCrystal - Scottish Waters Portfolio


© Megan-Bridget Maher-McCrystal - Scottish Waters Portfolio
© Megan-Bridget Maher-McCrystal - Scottish Waters Portfolio


3rd place: Nikolai Zemljannikov, HND Photography, New College Lanarkshire -
Sandford Falls Portfolio

© Nikolai Zemmljannikov - Sandford Falls Portfolio
© Nikolai Zemljannikov - Sandford Falls Portfolio

© © Nikolai Zemmljannikov - Sandford Falls Portfolio
© Nikolai Zemljannikov - Sandford Falls Portfolio


© Nikolai Zemmljannikov - Sandford Falls Portfolio
© Nikolai Zemljannikov - Sandford Falls Portfolio

Shortlisted photographers:
Stuart Sinclair, NC Photography, Fife College - Water Portfolio


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