Andy Halls 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 Scotlands 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 Scotlands landscape
and he has exhibited in the multi-million pound Robert Burns Birthplace
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
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 marinescape.co.uk.
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 Scotlands
landscape and natural heritage.
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 & Peoples Friend. She is a wildlife rehabilitator
with a passion for owls, raptors, frogs and red squirrels. Her books include,
Dancing with Ospreys, Rural Portraits - Scotlands 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 McIntyres book,
The Red Squirrel A Future in the Forest.
In 2016 Polly was co-founder
of Mallaigs 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