Favourite Scottish Nature Photography Book Vote 2016
As part of our commitment to
showcase Scottish nature, wildlife and landscape photography, the Scottish
Nature Photography Awards recognise the important role that books play in
inspiring, informing and entertaining people by conducting a biennial public
vote to find the Favourite Scottish Nature Photography Book.
The shortlist for the 2016 vote featured outstanding photography across
a range of nature subjects, and celebrated the books and the vision and
dedication of the photographers who created them. We
asked the public to vote online for their favourites from nine shortlisted
books, which highlighted a variety of Scottish nature subjects.
The winner of the Scottish Nature Photography Awards Favourite Scottish
Nature Photography Book 2016 is:
On A Rising Tide
Author: Charlie Phillips
Colin and Eithne Nutt
of Ness Publishing said: "We are absolutely delighted
and overwhelmed that On a Rising Tide has won the 2016 Scottish
Nature Photography Book Award! It was extremely affirming when Niall
approached us regarding the shortlist, but to actually win is way
beyond our wildest dreams.
"We loved creating the book. Charlies photographs, stories
and infectious enthusiasm for these amazing Bottlenose dolphins
spurred us on to make the finished book the best it could possibly
be. Our thanks also go to our designer, Louise, who put such thought
and skill into its presentation. We are so grateful to all those
who voted for it weve had such great feedback from
those who have bought it, all of which has come together in this
Charlie Phillips, Author and Photographer said: "What an
absolute thrill to win this vote, considering the epic photography
in the other books. I'm chuffed to bits that my first book with
Ness Publishing has been so successful and so warmly received. Huge
thanks to Eithne and Colin from Ness Publishing for their support
and faith in the book from day one, Louise for her beautiful design
of the book and thank you, thank you to all who voted for On
A Rising Tide and of course to Niall and Jacqueline at Scottish
Nature Photography Awards for hosting the vote."
2nd Place: Otters in Shetland - The tale of the draatsi
Author: Richard Shucksmith & Brydon Thomason
3rd Place: Discover Shetland's Birds
Author: Paul Harvey & Rebecca Nason
Emma Miller, Marketing Officer at Shetland Amenity Trust said: Its a real pleasure to have our publication Discover Shetlands Birds included for consideration in this public vote, and we are delighted to have come in the top three. Equally, its wonderful to see two Shetland based books in this list. This is a testament to the wide selection of quality publications available on the theme of Shetlands rich natural heritage.
"On behalf of the book's authors, Paul Harvey and Rebecca Nason, Shetland Heritage Publications would like to thank everyone who voted.
Everyone who participated in the online vote was entered into our free prize
draw for one lucky winner to win the entire shortlist of books. Our
thanks go to the publishers for their kind donations of books for the prize
The lucky winner is....
Congratulations William. Happy browsing!
The shortlisted books were:
Publisher's description: With its soft, creamy-white fur and large, dark, engaging eyes, the pup of the grey seal is one of the most endearing creatures in the animal kingdom. Over one-third of the worlds grey seals are born around Scotlands mainland coastline and islands.
AN AMAZING ADVENTURE: The Story of a Grey Seal Pup provides a unique insight into the development and behaviour of one particular grey seal pup from the day of its birth until its final entry into the North Sea as a fully moulted juvenile 28 days later.
The day-to-day story of its progress is told from the seal pups perspective and the book is illustrated with 42 full-page photographs, taken daily, which highlight both the pups growth and the events in its young, adventurous life. In addition, factual information is provided on areas such as identification and distribution, habitat, life cycle, feeding and other special behavioural features, and the grey seals relationship with humans. This builds up to give a comprehensive account of the natural history of the grey seal.
For more information
about this book, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Publisher's description: Discover Shetlands Birds is a new publication full of stunning photography and fascinating insights into the behaviour and lifestyle of the many bird species which can be found in the islands.
The book, by
Paul Harvey and Rebecca Nason, is a handy identification guide, as
well as an attractive and interesting volume to pick up and browse
at leisure. There are over 400 photographs by award winning nature
photographer, Rebecca Nason, and other contributors; mainly Shetland
based photographers. Observations on migration and breeding habits,
the best time of year to see each species, and where to look for them,
are laid out in an easy to follow format.
Highlands Scotlands Wild Heart follows a year in the
lives of a stellar cast of wild animals as they live, feed, breed
and die in this beautiful, yet unforgiving landscape a land
where only the toughest survive. In between the stories of the wild
creatures that make their home in this glorious part of the world,
there are profiles of some of the many people who have chosen to live
alongside the wildlife there.
Bottlenose dolphins as youve never seen them before! A photographic
study by the man who knows them best accompanied by his insights into
the lives of these amazing creatures. Charlie Phillips works for Whale
and Dolphin Conservation (WDC) where his main task is to maintain
an exhaustive photographic record of Bottlenose dolphins in the Moray
Firth, concentrating on 6 individuals in particular who are the stars
of the 'Adopt a Dolphin' scheme. Over the years he has taken hundreds
of thousands of pictures of them and these images play a crucial part
in monitoring the condition of this population and adding to our understanding
of their lives and behaviour. No-one is better placed to produce a
book such as this.
Publisher's description: A stunning collection of photographs, history and ecology of one of the most charismatic of British mammals, this is a must have for any visitor to Shetland, or anybody who loves the great outdoors.
a deep understanding for location, and of course the otters, and illustrated
with breathtaking photography by Shetland based photographers Richard
Shucksmith and Brydon Thomason.
Publisher's description: This book is a celebration of all that is dreich. To my mind the images in this book are uplifting and joyful. There is nothing miserable about dreich. A sunny day has no more right to exist than a dreich one.
Here, then, are fifty dreich images, accompanied by fifty equally dreich captions.
For more information about this book, please visit: www.luath.co.uk/scotland-the-dreich.html
128 pages, softback
Publisher's description: Colin Prior is one of the finest landscape photographers in the world and one who knows the Scottish wilderness like no other. Going to extremes in order to capture the most magical qualities of a landscape, his patience and masterful eye for natural beauty have produced extraordinary images over a remarkable career.
This large format collector's edition, with a foreword by Sir Chris Bonington, is presented in a large landscape-format cloth-covered hardback in a slipcase, making it a perfect gift. The book showcases the very finest panoramas over that long career and combines them with his greatest new, unpublished images to present a beautifully-curated exhibition of work. Arranged by region and complete with maps that pinpoint the locations of every shot and chart their sweep for armchair travellers, photographers and anyone keen to appreciate these special views in person, this is a work of breathtaking beauty.
For more information
about this book, please visit: www.littlebrown.co.uk/books/detail.page?isbn=9781472111166
Publisher's description: Tobermory, the principal town on the island of Mull, is one of the prettiest towns in the Hebrides. Its principal street, Main Street, with its buildings painted in distinctive bright colours, is also one of the most well-known views in Scotland. This book includes the work of three local photographers, Sam Jones, Nic Davies and Brian Swinbanks, uniquely qualified to capture the spirit of this magical place in all its moods. In addition to pictures of the town, its views, surrounding countryside and wildlife on land and sea it also features the people of Tobermory itself, at work and at leisure. The result is a vivid portrait of a vibrant community in an exquisitely beautiful natural setting.
For more information about this book, please visit: www.birlinn.co.uk/Tobermory.html
112 pages, softback
Treescape is a series of photographs depicting personal contemplations
and reflections of Scotland's trees, forests and woodlands over the
last few years. Emphasis is on the inherent beauty of trees - their
rich variety of forms and textures, their diversity of seasonal-dependant
colour and their enduring aesthetic appeal. Whether exploring a chaotic
tangle of dense Perthshire woodland, contemplating a highland copse
by a remote lochan or getting close-up to a solitary silver birch,
in trees I find subjects for the camera which allow me to begin to
delve beneath the surface of things. For me, the essence of Scotlands
landscape is, invariably, revealed in its details. Trees do have a
unique and, often, extremely evocative presence in the Scottish landscape,
one which is profoundly related to light and climate and this is conveyed
throughout the book.