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 Ospreys eye. A great
capture and a deserved winner."
Nature Photographer of the Year 2016:
Andrew said: "I was extremely surprised and excited when I found out
I had won the Junior category of the Scottish Nature Photography Awards.
Having been shortlisted in 2015, I'm really pleased to actually win it this
year. I'm now 15 years old and as well as enjoying sports, especially football,
squash and running, I also love taking photos of almost anything that catches
"My photo was taken near Smoo Cave while on a trip to Cape Wrath last
summer. I'd persuaded my mum to take me there so we could stay at Kearvaig
bothy and we had hoped for sunny weather, but the clouds actually made for
much more dramatic photos."
Andy Hall said: "When
judging the excellent array of entries for the Junior Competition, this
image stood out as an outstanding example of Scottish landscape photography
throughout the judging process.
"The essence of photography for me is the optimum combination of timing,
lighting and composition. A little bit of TLC! All three elements are present
here. It shows the edge of a weather front with sun forcing its way through
dark clouds. This represents the photogenic qualities of a Scottish landscape
perfectly. A very worthy winner."
Student Scottish Nature Photographer
of the Year 2016:
Edgaras Borotinskas, HND Photography, Forth Valley College - 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."
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."