Scottish Nature Photography Book Vote 2014
The Awards showcase quality
Scottish nature photography and we recognise that books are a great creative
outlet for photographers and that they inspire, inform and entertain the
We asked the public to vote online for their favourites from seven shortlisted
books, which highlighted a variety of Scottish nature subjects.
This is the third time the biennial poll has been conducted and we received
more votes than ever before. It was great to see the public's support for
all the books, and we're grateful to everyone who took part.
The winner of the Scottish Nature Photography Awards Favourite Scottish
Nature Photography Book 2014 was.....
"I am really
delighted that Naturally Orkney has won this award. I loved working
on the images, trying out new techniques, observing animal behaviour
and bringing Orkney's wildlife to a wider audience so they can enjoy
"A satisfying aspect has been people's surprise at some of
the species found here. Whilst lots of folk know that Orkney is
a great place to see Hen Harriers, it's less known that when you've
finished watching them you can stop off and observe something equally
beautiful like the Emerald Damselfly which is a new coloniser in
"I'm humbled that folk have taken to the book so much and if
it helps or inspires them to spend a bit more time searching for
and enjoying Orkney's wildlife then so much the better." -
"We are absolutely thrilled that Raymond's work has
been recognised at a national level. He was born and bred in the
islands, where he developed a boyhood passion for nature and photography;
subsequently turning his hobby into a profession.
"When we first started working on the book and he submitted
the early photographs, it was crystal clear that this was a highly
skilled craftsman at work; someone who knew what image he wanted
to capture and had the ability to pull it off. He is still a relatively
young man, is obviously going places, and has the capacity to be
among the best on an international stage.
"The standard of entry for this award was extremely high but
there can only be one winner. As a small, parochial publisher we
are delighted it is us. Our design and printing teams have produced
a top quality book and we are both honoured and humbled by this
award." - James Miller, The Orcadian
2nd Place: Winter in Glen Lyon
Author: Jamie Grant
Publisher: Aberfeldy Watermill
3rd Place: Otters: Return to the River
Authors: Laurie Campbell &
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 was....
Congratulations Julian. Happy browsing!
The shortlisted books were:
The Moray Firth dolphins are one of Britain's greatest wildlife spectacles.
This lavishly illustrated book gives an insight into their world and
that of the other marine mammals living in the beautiful Moray Firth.
Orcadian Raymond Besant has an instinctive knack of finding and photographing
Orkney nature as few have seen it. Naturally Orkney includes some
unique images from the islands' outdoors; a Red Throated Diver, sitting
on her nest, being pestered by midgies; an inquisitive young seal,
nosing and nudging a hand-held underwater camera; an otter, wrestling
with a huge, freshly caught Conger Eel...they all feature in this
Return to the River
This book is a celebration of the return of the otter to our rivers
and freshwater wetlands after a drastic decline in the last century.
Scotland's Still Light explores the relationship beween photographic
imagery and the words of some of Scotland's most highly-respected
writers. It is not an attempt to illustrate the texts but to give
a sense of place through the combination of words and images. Sometimes
it is a whole piece, sometimes a paragraph or verse, a few lines or
occasionally a single line that encapsulates the experience of trying
to capture 'the moment' with a camera.
Iain's book features images entirely from one small pool - no more
than 2 meters wide, close to his house. It is fringed by grasses and
ferns, and surrounded by birch trees. The images explore the layers
of shapes and shadows reflected in the surface of the pool - a hidden
abstract world which is at first chaotic and lost to the naked eye.
in Glen Lyon
Over 100 black and white photographs revealing Glen Lyon in all its
winter glory. With landscapes of winter days and moody mists, the
local people at work and play, Scotland longest glen is brought to
life through the eye of local resident and photographer Jamie Grant.
description: This portfolio consists of images taken over a five year
(and counting) period from precisely the same location our hillside
studio in the Glenkens area of Dumfries and Galloway. Having built
a low carbon house on the hillside we were inspired to see if we could
apply some similar principles to our photography.