Scottish Nature Video Award 2016

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 on a 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:
"Walking with Red Deer" by Hannah Pollock and Jamie Unwin.

Walking with Red Deer © Hannah Pollock and Jamie Unwin, music Keith Smith (Fiddle) and Muriel Johnstone (Piano).

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 animal behaviour.

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."

2nd place - "Logpile Larder" by Andrew Macdonald. Click here to view video

3rd place - "The Flight of the Gannet" by Roger Lever. Click here to view video


Raymond Besant

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 Irvine

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
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 Scotland’s 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.

2nd and 3rd place runners up will receive a prize certificate.