The Judges

Andy Hall - Photographer

Andy Hall’s photographic reputation has gained international recognition as a result of the success of his books, A Sense of Belonging to Scotland, Touched by Robert Burns and Scotland’s Still Light. His latest book, Aberdeenshire - A New Perspective, was published in June 2017.

Andy chaired the panel of judges for the official Homecoming Scotland Photography Competition in 2009. He has presented illustrated talks on his photography throughout Scotland, in London and in Brussels for Scotland Europa. His books and talks have been used at conferences and for overseas visitors to provide an insight into the beauty and diversity of Scotland’s landscape and he has exhibited in the multi-million pound Robert Burns Birthplace Museum.

As well as his experience as a photographer, Andy recently retired from a 38-year teaching career. His Photo School workshops combine his photographic and teaching skills in a relaxed and friendly environment, allowing new and developing photographers to become confident with their cameras while encouraging a personal artistic vision that will bring pleasure for a lifetime to come.

Niall Irvine - Perspectives & Co-organiser of the Awards

Niall has been in the photographic industry for over 25 years, working behind the camera, in the darkroom and then through the development of digital imaging technology. Niall says: "The industry has changed a lot over the years, and new cameras have opened up opportunities and accessibility for both still and moving images but the key principles behind photography remain as important as ever."
Niall is a partner in Perspectives, which delivers digitisation, photography and design services for the heritage, business and creative sectors from its base in the north east of Scotland. He undertakes a wide range of photography commissions, as well as contributing art photography to
Niall was inspired to set up the Scottish Nature Photography Awards to provide a platform to showcase the depth of photographic talent that is drawn to and inspired by Scotland’s landscape and natural heritage.

Polly Pullar - Naturalist, Writer & Photographer

Polly Pullar is a naturalist, writer and photographer specialising in wildlife and countryside matter. For 12 years she was editor and main contributor for Country Artists, in-house magazine, and currently contributes to a wide selection of magazines including the Scottish Field, where she is wildlife writer, Scots Magazine & People’s Friend. She is a wildlife rehabilitator with a passion for owls, raptors, frogs and red squirrels. Her books include, Dancing with Ospreys, Rural Portraits - Scotland’s Native Farm Animals, Characters & Landscapes, Further Afield, A Drop in the Ocean – Lawrence MacEwen & the Island of Muck, Fauna Scotica – People & Animals in Scotland, and Further Afield with a Camera. She wrote the text to accompany award winning nature photographer Neil McIntyre’s book, The Red Squirrel – A Future in the Forest.
In 2016 Polly was co-founder of Mallaig’s Book Festival, A Write Highland Hoolie! She is currently working on a nature-writing memoir. She lives in Highland Perthshire with a burgeoning menagerie including owls, a red deer hind, sheep and three collies.
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