Scottish Nature Video Award 2017

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:
Reforesting Planet Caledon by Andrew Macdonald.

Reforesting Planet Caledon © Andrew Macdonald. Music Jemima Thewes. Narrator Ian Perks (RSPB).

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 think globally."
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 ( 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."

2nd place - Handa by Robert Mercer. Click here to view video

3rd place - Loch Lundie Reflections by Robert Mercer. Click here to view video


The Gannetry of Bass Rock
by Riccardo Oggioni


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.