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Osprey - Nature's Best Photography Award 2011 (credit: Peter Cairns, Northshots)

Osprey - Nature's Best Photography Award 2011 (credit: Peter Cairns, Northshots)

Cairngorms Photographer Wins International Nature Photography Award

A Scottish-­based photographer has beaten more than 25,000 entries to win an international nature photography award with a photograph depicting one of the world’s most majestic birds.

Peter Cairns, who is based in the heart of the Cairngorms National Park and runs nature photography holidays through his company Northshots, beat off stiff competition from photographers from 56 different countries to win the grand prize in the Windland Smith Rice International Awards run by Nature’s Best Photography magazine. The powerful winning image of an adult osprey plunging into water as its prey struggles to escape the bird’s talons was voted the overall winner by a host of judges including Stephen Freligh, Editor-in-Chief at Nature’s Best Photography, Craig Sholley, Vice President for Philanthropy and Marketing at the African Wildlife Foundation and Bonnie Stutski, senior photography Editor at Smithsonian Magazine.

Peter captured the photograph whilst working on an assignment in southern Finland for the Wild Wonders of Europe project. A professional nature photographer for over 10 years, Peter is highly acclaimed in the industry and regularly writes and illustrates columns for magazines throughout the UK and Europe.

Peter commented, “It’s always nice to have your work recognised especially in a competition that attracts so many top photographers from all over the world. I was pleased with the osprey image as it captures an amazing moment in time giving us a privileged insight into the bird’s world.”

Many congratulations to Peter from everyone at Wild Scotland.

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