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.
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.
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