Gordon said: "As winter
draws nearer and the nights start to lengthen, I can now find the time to
reflect on what has been a very busy photography year for me.
"Being lucky enough to have had the honour earlier in the year of winning
the overall title of "Scottish Nature Photographer of the Year"
has in turn led to a huge rise in interest to give talks and presentations
around the country. That coupled with increased demand on workshops and
tours sure has kept me on my toes throughout the seasons. So all in all
a busy, but very enjoyable year meeting lots of people and making new friends
along the way.
"On the photography front, things are a bit nearer to home at the
moment with concentration turning towards some local wildlife work and the
planning of new tours and workshops for the 2018 season. That along with
editing images and building new presentations
for next year will keep me out of mischief up until at least the festive
Edgaras said: "When
I got an email about winning Student Scottish Nature Photographer of the
Year I was so happy and had the biggest smile on my face for a couple of
days. I think people thought that I was crazy, but it was just crazy positive
"I graduated this year with this award and its like a bonus to
finish this stage of my career. I started a new page in my life, which allows
me to spend more time being out taking pictures. This means I can explore
beautiful Scotland more.
"One good man in the college told me: "You need a little bit of
luck to succeed", so I am focusing on a few projects which I started
in the college and I hope I will reveal them soon."
Andrew said: "Its been a bit of a whirlwind year for me, and
it all started with winning the Scottish Nature Photography Awards! It was
really nice to receive a trophy and see your photograph in the book and
then have everyone congratulate you on Instagram or at school. A month or
so later, I discovered I had also come runner-up in the Scottish Landscape
Photographer of Year Competition with another photo that I had taken on
the same trip as I took the winning SNPA Cape Wrath photo. I
thought at that point it was getting a little crazy - little did I know
what was ahead!
"I bought my first DSLR, a second hand Nikon D7200, and then spent
the summer on various trips, going to the Goodwood Festival of Speed to
photograph the amazing cars on show (I even got Nico Rosbergs autograph!)
Later in the holidays we had a family trip up to North Uist. It was a beautiful
place as the light was incredible and the beaches on Berneray went on for
miles. We went on an RSPB walk to try and photograph some eagles, but unfortunately
hardly saw even a sparrow. However, opposite our holiday cottage was a small
hill and we climbed it every night to watch the sunset, so I still have
plenty of photographs to enter in this years competition!
"Then in October
I received a surprise phone call to tell me I had won the UK Junior Landscape
Photographer of the Year. My photos of the northern lights at Musselburgh
and the Bow Fiddle Rock were published in the Times, Herald, Scotsman, Amateur
Photographer magazine and even the Metro! So its been an incredible
year, and it all started off with the Scottish Nature Photography Awards!
"People even began to ask where they could get copies of the photos,
so my Dad and I have set up a website with a mixture of both his and my
photos on it. And of course I am always posting on instagram too. Feel free
to have a look there and see what I have been up to!"