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.

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.

Richard Shucksmith - Photographer and Ecologist

Richard is an award-winning photographer and ecologist based in Shetland. He is well known for his underwater photography as well as landscape, wildlife and botanical images. He studied Marine Biology at the School of Ocean Sciences, University of Wales Bangor before moving to the west coast of Scotland to the Scottish Association of Marine Science, where he undertook a PhD in Marine Ecology. During this time he used his interest in photography to document many of the animals and habitats he studied.

His work has been widely published in magazines, journals, books, newspapers and advertising agencies around the world. He has been shortlisted or placed every year in the Scottish Nature Photography Awards since they began. In 2011 Richard was overall winner in the British Wildlife Photography Awards as well as winning the animal behaviour category in 2014. He has also won awards in the Ocean Arts Photo Competition and Underwater Photographer of the Year.