2017 Winners

Scottish Landscape - The Land Category

1st place Scottish Nature Photographer of the Year 2017:


Stephen Whitehorne - Autumnal Birches and Willows reflected among the Water Lilies of Polney Loch, Dunkeld, Perthshire

© Stephen Whitehorne - Autumnal Birches and Willows reflected among the Water Lilies of Polney Loch, Dunkeld, Perthshire
© Stephen Whitehorne - Autumnal Birches and Willows reflected
among the Water Lilies of Polney Loch, Dunkeld, Perthshire

Stephen said:
"Increasingly, I have been focused more on the details of the Scottish landscape rather than in its grand vistas or distant panoramas. Nature’s mysteries and ambiguities are what intrigue me most, with distortions and abstractions through reflection becoming recurrent themes. Polney Loch, an unassuming, relatively unspectacular expanse of water near Dunkeld, is an oasis of calm and tranquillity among the trees and where the elements I seek in a composition seem to come most perfectly together. The loch has become one of my favourite locations.

"It was at the end of a glorious afternoon last October, with my camera pointing down at the water once more, that I became aware of an increasing intensity to the glow of the surface reflections. The glancing, autumn sunlight illuminated the bankside trees opposite and rendered a perfectly reflected image among the lily pads. Up until that point I had been captivated by what was happening on the surface but, for this moment at least, I could not ignore the bigger picture."

Judge Andy Hall said: "The strength of this image is in its dramatic lighting. It evokes a sense of serenity which is compelling in its autumnal colour and balanced composition."


2nd place: Fraser Duff - Gelston Woods. Dumfries and Galloway

© Fraser Duff - Gelston Woods

© Fraser Duff - Gelston Woods



3rd place: James Gordon - Frosty Neuk. Glen Banchor, Newtonmore

© James Gordon - Frosty Neuk
© James Gordon - Frosty Neuk

Shortlisted photographers:

Charles Davidson
Joe Higney
Ray Liversidge
Matthew McCormick
Graham Niven
Peter Paterson
John Potter
Charly Schleder
Pete Stevens
Tomasz Szatewicz
Keith Thorburn
Allan Wright



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