2016 Winners


Scottish Nature Photographer of the Year 2016
(& Scottish Wildlife Portrait category winner):


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."




Junior Scottish Nature Photographer of the Year 2016:

Andrew Bulloch (age 14) - Cape Wrath Storm

© Andrew Bulloch - Cape Wrath Storm
© Andrew Bulloch - Cape Wrath Storm

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 eye.

"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."

Judge 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 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."

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."


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Environmental Category
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Scottish Botanical Category
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Junior Category
Student Category
Scottish Nature Video Award 2016