Charlie said: To say
that Im thrilled at winning this award is putting it mildly, especially
with 2013 being the Year of Natural Scotland. Im hoping that people
seeing images like this will realise and then remember that Scotland has
incredible wildlife species, wild and free the way they should be, plus
stunning landscapes to enjoy. Its just a matter of getting out there
to look at it, love it and respect it. I am also so honoured that I have
been picked out by my peers as overall winner amongst so many talented photographers.
Thank you so much.
Judge Lorne Gill said: "There are quite a lot of things that
need to come together in nature photography if a photographer is to capture
the perfect photograph. Light, composition, colour, mood, subject behaviour,
the decisive moment to name but a few.
photograph of a young bottlenose dolphin breaking the surface of a totally
becalmed ocean, we witness one of these moments that happen only very rarely.
I'm sure Charlie Phillips' heart must have missed a beat when he reviewed
this shot on his computer screen for the first time. I know mine did and
I'm sure yours will too."
Sian Venables (Age 16) Junior Scottish Nature Photographer of the Year 2012
Sian said: "After recently
moving back from America I was daunted by the prospects of finding wildlife
subjects to photograph in Scotland. On a stroll through my local parkland
these flowers offered the perfect opportunity to test out my new macro lens
and I was lucky enough to be out on one of the sunniest days since my return.
"The Hoverflies were fast and erratic but I knew that if I stuck around
for long enough I'd have some luck. Fortunately it didn't take too long
for this one to arrive, land and zoom off again but I got the shot and was
happy with the variety of colours. I can safely say I don't worry about
finding wildlife subjects to photograph any more."
Judge Niall Irvine said: "The judges were astounded by the overall
standard and creativity in the Junior category entry. Sian Venables' winning
image was clearly patiently planned and technically accomplished. It's well
composed and well executed. You can almost feel the warmth of summer and
hear the buzz of insects!"
Peter Ferguson, Student Scottish
Nature Photographer of the Year 2012
BA Fine Art, UHI
Peter said: This is
so exciting and encouraging! Most of the credit needs to go the inspiration
of my local environment. Im currently in my second year of study for
a BA in Fine Art with the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI)
at their Lews Castle College campus in Lochmaddy, North Uist. I didnt
have far to look for the photos as they were all taken from my garden, though
at different times of the year! They show the machair land of North Uist:
a strip of flat, fertile, sand-blown crofting land which runs along the
west coast of the island, with long views down to the sand dunes on the
Judge Lorne Gill said: "Anyone that has been to the Outer Hebrides
will have been struck by how flat the western seaboard and machair grasslands
of these islands are and how the sky totally dominates the scene. Peter
Ferguson submitted three striking images with mood and contrast that convey
that feeling perfectly and that transport the viewer into another world
where the land meets the sky."