The Scottish Nature
Video Award 2017 invited entries of video taken in Scotland by professional
or amateur filmmakers from around the world. The videos were
required to be on a nature, wildlife or landscape theme and filmed in Scotland.
The judges, wildlife cameraman and photographer Raymond Besant and organiser
Niall Irvine, selected 3 winning entries and the winner of the Scottish
Nature Video Award 2017 is:
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 Awards. 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."
Raymond is a wildlife cameraman and photographer from the Orkney Islands
where he developed his love of wildlife, photography and the outdoors. He
studied Biology in Aberdeen before starting work as a press photographer
at the Press & Journal newspaper. He started filming in his own time
and his first film 'The Flying Dustbin', which documented the effect of
plastic pollution on the Fulmar, won two awards at the International Wildlife
Film Festival in the US. In 2012 Raymond won the Wildlife in HD award at
the British Wildlife Photography Awards.
Raymond has filmed for a wide
range of wildlife films for the BBC Natural History Unit including the Natural
World series, Springwatch and more recently worked with Mara Media on 'Highlands
- Scotland's Wild Heart' for BBC Scotland as well as filming Hyenas in Zambia
for Plimsoll Productions and the Smithsonian Institute. Though his main
work is for TV, he still loves photography and the efforts of two years'
work photographing the creatures in his native Orkney culminated in his
first book 'Naturally Orkney' which was voted Favourite Scottish Nature
Photography book of 2014 in the Scottish Nature Photography 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. The new Scottish Nature Video Award 2016
is in recognition of the growing interest in nature filmmaking in Scotland.