Scottish Nature Video Award 2017

The Scottish Nature Video Award 2017 invites entries of video taken in Scotland by professional or amateur filmmakers from around the world. The video must be on a nature, wildlife or landscape theme and it must be filmed in Scotland. Our aim is that videos represent an aspect of Scottish nature as the main subject. As Scottish nature is diverse, that gives plenty of scope and you might want to submit a study of a wildlife species or a favourite landscape or produce a mini-documentary on an environmental issue. The judges will be looking for originality, creativity and technique as well as portraying an interesting story. The video will be 60 to 150 seconds in length, so keeping interest throughout the video is very important. We look forward to seeing what you produce!
Entries are open from 10th September 2017 to midnight (24:00 hours GMT) on 30th November 2017.
You can enter up to 3 videos. 1 Video = £10, 2 Videos = £15 and 3 Videos = £20.
Our Video FAQs page and our Video Rules pages have information on what's eligible, video formats, how to enter and submit your videos. We hope you'll find these helpful but if you still have a question you are welcome to contact us.

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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.


View prize information here.

View the Scottish Nature Video Award 2016 winners.