2016 Winners

Scottish Wildlife Portrait Category

1st place & Scottish Nature Photographer of the Year 2016: Gordon Rae - Undercover Osprey

© Gordon Rae - Undercover Osprey
© Gordon Rae - Undercover Osprey

Gordon said: "My winning image came by chance one morning when the light was in my favour really early on. This juvenile bird returning to the Highlands for the first time was having a real problem lifting clear of the water with such a huge fish and had sat back down to regain his composure.

"I had taken images in the past almost like this but never just quite right, so to find this one in the camera, well you can just imagine the smile on my face. Receiving the call to let me know that it had not only won the portrait section but also the overall title of Scottish Nature Photographer of the Year came as a huge and very pleasant surprise to me."

Judge Richard Shucksmith said: "For me, there are so many images of Ospreys catching fish that it was great to see a different take on a subject that is photographed so much. The powerful arched wings, the detail in the feathers, the beautiful light and most of all seeing the bright yellow eye just above the front wing, draws my eye to the Osprey’s eye. A great capture and a deserved winner."

2nd place: Mark Medcalf - Reflective Moment

© Mark Medcalf - Reflective Moment
© Mark Medcalf - Reflective Moment

3rd place: Phil Johnston - Nuthatch

© Phil Johnston - Nuthatch
© Phil Johnston - Nuthatch

Shortlisted photographers:
Edward Cottell
Nicholas Court
Andy Howard
Alan Johnstone
John Langley
Tracy Langley
Iain Leach
Roger Lever
John Macfarlane
Ron McCombe
Kevin Morgans
Andrew Parkinson
James Roddie
Johan Siggesson
Peter Walkden

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