Judge Niall Irvine said: "Andrew's video immediately grabbed the
judges' attention with its visual impact. As the story unfolds, we were
struck by the effective blending of the visuals with the narrative.
"The film is essentially
about a local project in terms of the reforesting ambitions of the RSPB
on their Abernethy Reserve, but the 'Little Planet' imagery also made us
Andrew is a freelance
filmmaker with a passion for nature conservation and an interest in people's
relationship with the natural world around them. He works to connect people
with nature and themselves, through meaningful activity outdoors and most
recently through the medium of 360 degree film. He has been creating media
content (film, photography, podcast) for the Scottish environmental sector
for over a decade.
Andrew said: "In 2016 I could see that advances in 360 camera and Virtual
Reality viewing technology presented interesting virtual tourism opportunities
for my business, Exhibit Scotland, and also my work supporting people, raising
equalities and improving well-being.
"Reforesting Planet Caledon was crafted with footage
shot to create a new 360 visitor experience of the RSPB Abernethy reserve.
The "Abernethy" 360 experience was released at the Royal Highland
Show 2017 and is a suite of short films enabling staff to engage people
with unique perspectives on the story and wildlife of RSPB Abernethy.
"I am very happy to be
selected for 1st prize in the Scottish Nature Video Award. I would like
to thank Jemima Thewes (www.jemimathewes.co.uk) for her musical input into
the winning film, Ian Perks (RSPB) for his narrative and my continued gratitude
goes to everyone who has assisted my 360 degree film adventures so far."