The Scottish Nature
Video Award 2016 is a new addition to the Scottish Nature Photography Awards.
Since its launch in 2010, our photographic competition has provided a platform
to celebrate Scotland as a key destination for nature photographers and
we want to extend that spotlight onto nature filmmakers. We invited entries
of video taken in Scotland by professional or amateur filmmakers from around
the world. Videos
nature, wildlife or landscape theme
had to be filmed in Scotland.
The judges selected 3 winning entries from the inaugural competition and
the winner of the Scottish Nature Video Award 2016 is:
with Red Deer" by Hannah Pollock and Jamie Unwin.
The judges felt that Hannah and Jamie's video effectively portrayed
the experience of setting out to view wildlife, the challenges along the
way, and ultimately the reward of experiencing a privileged glimpse into
Hannah said: "We're incredibly happy to have won the award. Scotland
has always had a place in my heart and no matter where I am I always look
forward to being able to come home to Ardnamurchan. It's amazing to have
the opportunity of sharing its beauty with others in the form of media.
Red deer are a beautiful species to photograph and filming them was a privilege."
Jamie said: "Hearing that we had won the Scottish Nature Video Award
was very exciting, I've always had a passion for wildlife and enjoy expressing
this passion through photography and filming. I'm fascinated by deer and
having the opportunity to get so close to them without disturbing them in
this film was amazing."
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.
The winner of the Scottish Nature
Video Award 2016 will receive an engraved glass award and will be the guest
of Visual Impact Scotland, supplier of Cameras, Lenses, Tripods,
and Audio for the Broadcast Rental Industry, for an opportunity to gain
an insight into the equipment available to the professional video broadcast
and production industry.
The winner will spend an afternoon at the Visuals Glasgow office for a one-to-one
experience with a member of staff going through examples of equipment and
with the opportunity to try things out, ask questions and benefit from the
wealth of knowledge and experience at this leading supplier.